The Sports Trust Road Racing Series recently kicked off in the Cape Winelands area of De Doorns on Saturday 8th June 2019, where this impoverished community was able to participate in the sport of cycling as well as other sports on the day. This is the 4th year that this event is taking place in De Doorns and is one of the highlights on their calendar.
This community is faced with some serious problems & challenges such as foetal alcohol syndrome, poverty, unemployment, gangs, drugs and teenage pregnancy and these negative influences are hampering their progress as there are not enough positive distractions for them.
So for us as The Sports Trust, to be able to bring an event like this to De Doorns for the weekend and to showcase what cycling & sport has done for this community over the past few years was really a rewarding experience.
The day took place under perfect conditions, with a fantastic turnout by the community supporting the event and being directly involved in the logistics in terms of marshalling, leading the cyclists out with their motorbikes, and checking their safety on the road during the race, the police force, ambulance services and we thank everyone else who supported us and made it a safe and enjoyable event.
There were two distances that were cycled the longer 46km won by Kyle Martin, and he was pushed to the end by fellow cyclists from the Sports Trust Cycling Club, and then there was the shorter 15 km ride which gave the opportunity to those cyclists who are in the programme as “newbies” and giving them a chance to shorter distance.
We were able to include four of the young boys who have recently joined the programme as a result of their learning disabilities and hopefully through the cycling programme they will grow in self-worth and self-development, and as much as they have learning disabilities hopefully they will be fitted into the schools and communities where they can receive the attention
that they need despite their learning disabilities, but also be given a chance to showcase their technical abilities.
The Hex Valley is an amazing area with so much to offer and a supportive community.
Besides the cycling there was also a 5km fun run for the community and a lot of the younger learners participated in this and then at the school they also hosted netball, soccer and there was even a little bit of freestyle dancing, which really went down well with the youngsters, and they were encouraged to take part and show their dance moves.
We were also shown the vegetable garden that some of the learners that have come through the cycling development programme have started and they are extremely excited about this projects as the seeds are starting to grow and they are very proud of their vegetable garden and the progress its making.
Going forward with the programme in the De Doorns region we are working very hard to support these learners that suffer with learning disabilities that stem from the foetal alcohol syndrome, and involve them more in the cycling programme and integrate them back into schools and the community making them productive citizens in our society.
RESULTS OF THE DAY
Overall 46km Winners : 1. Kyle Martin (1953)
2. Sisipho Willie (1776)
3.Chadwin Hendricks ((1945)
u/15 Boys : 1. Zahier kamish
2. Jordan Maxim
3. Cedric Cupido
u/17 Boys : 1. Sisopho Willie (1776)
2. Sandisele Mneno (1757)
3. Shayden Jantjies (1788)
u/17 Girls : 1. Churstey Simon (1798)
2. Kanya Yenani (1772)
u/19 Boys : 1. Kyle Martin (1953)
2. Chadwin Hendricks (1945)
3. Denzil Isaacs (1956)
u/19 Girls : 1. (1958)
2. Micaela Manneville (1961)
3. Amber Lee Sass (1968)
15km Ride RESULTS
Overall 15km Winners : 1. Nashied Jansen (1794)
2. Mughammad Arnold (1341)
3. Hniel Bester (1943)
U/11 Boys : 1. Mughammad Arnold (1341)
U/13 Boys : None
U/13 Girls : 1. Shameena Marthinus
U/15 Boys : 1. Ian Hendricks (1568)
2. Elethu Sibuwa (1565)
3. Claude Slawers (1573)
U/17 Boys : 1. Nashied Jansen (1794)
2. Edgar Shand (1782)
3. Jayden Daniels (1780)
U/17 Girls : 1. Chane Brown (1793)
2. Shaunice Britz (1792)
3. Leeah Roberts (1796)
U/19 Boys : 1. Hniel Bester (1943)
2. Mzamo Ndebeni (1954)
3. Jason Skosane (1955)
Development Schools participating in the Sports Trust Road Racing Series in De Doorns and in the 2019 Sports Trust Development Cycling Programme:
· Mitchells Plain: Beacon Hill Secondary, Oval North Secondary, Tafelsig Secondary
· Manenberg: Phoenix Secondary
· Hanover Park: Crystal High
· Khayelitsha: Matthew Goniwe Memorial High
· Kraaifontein: Scottsville Secondary
· West Coast: Diazville Secondary (Saldanha), Steynville Secondary (Piketberg)
· Boland: Orchard Primary (De Doorns) and De Doorns Development Cycling Club
About The Sports Trust
The Sports Trust is a registered section 21 company and public benefit organisation that operates as a non-profit organisation. It provides sporting kit and equipment, and develops sport and sports facilities in under-resourced communities in South Africa, and acts as an implementation partner for contributing corporates. Since its inception The Sports Trust has been a catalyst for meaningful change in sport and recreation throughout South Africa.
Nedbank is a founding trustee of The Sports Trust and provides support through its Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme. When you use any of the Sport Affinity accounts, Nedbank donates money to The Sports Trust for the funding of sport development, talent identification and transformation in under-resourced communities, which assists with talent identification and the transformation of sport.
For more details please contact: Carol Crawford, Marketing and Communications Manager at The Sports Trust on 082 802 2899 or Mike Tippett, Cycling Development Manager at The Sports Trust on 062 159 1011.