NWU shines at annual USSA tournaments

Belinda Bantham -- Wed, 08/07/2019 - 08:34

NWU shines at annual USSA tournaments

The University Sport South Africa (USSA) tournaments is a thing of the past and it is time to look back at how the North-West University (NWU) and its three campuses fared.

These are just some of the standout achievements and few reasons why the NWU is an institution like no other.

Vanderbijlpark velocity

Representatives from the campus in Vanderbijlpark did their fellow students proud with a list of great performances. The women hockey team showed their mettle during the tournament, hosted by the University of Stellenbosch. They finished in fourth position in the B section.

Victoria Kompi and Lidith Moropane walked away with a gold and bronze medal respectively during the karate tournament hosted by Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

The women’s basketball team impressed during the tournament hosted by the University of Cape Town, and finished second out of 16 participating tertiary institutions. Cynthia Mudau was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

The bodybuilding tournament was hosted on home ground in Vanderbijlpark and the team finished third out of a total of 254 bodybuilders from 11 competing institutions. Mathapelo Kekana was placed first in the fitness bikini section and Thabo Mmonamudi came second in the under 60 kg division.

Potchefstroom power

The various teams from the campus in Potchefstroom were not to be outshined and the karate team certainly deserves a mention. They returned as victors after winning their tournament for the 20th consecutive time.

The men’s and women’s kata teams, as well as the men’s and women’s kumite teams all, walked away with gold. In the individual kata section the NWU won one gold, three silver medals and one bronze. In the individual kumite section the university scored four gold medals, five silver and two bronze.

The gymnastics team were crowned USSA winners for the third consecutive year, winning 25 gold medals, 21 silver and 11 bronze medals.

The badminton event saw both the NWU’s A and B team win their respective sections. There was also plenty of individual achievements with gold in the men’s single competition, bronze, silver and gold in the women’s single sections, gold in the men’s double section, gold in the women’s double and gold in the mixed doubles. Ruan Snyman won the singles, doubles and mixed doubles, making him a triple champion.

The windy city of Port Elizabeth hosted the golf tournament and where NWU’s B team secured a second place in the B-section.

The first rugby team won two of their three outings and both the men and women’s cycling teams finished fourth.

The campus’ women’s hockey team ended second in the A section after losing to Tuks in the final and the men’s team finished third.

The NWU netball team was crowned champion after beating Maties 37-33 on their home turf. Monique Reyneke was included in the USSA competition Dream Team while Simoné Rabie, Didintle Keebine and Jessica du Plessis were included in the USSA CUCSA squad.

Mahikeng magic

The rugby team on the campus in Mahikeng won two of their three games and thereby earning a promotion to the B-section for next year’s tournament.

The bodybuilding team won one gold, two silver and one bronze medal, with Katlego Mokgabudi being selected to the USSA National squad. David Tshose was selected to represent South Africa in August at the IFBB African Championships in Angola.

The campus’ karate team returned with four silver and eight bronze medals, and the dance team claimed overall third position after winning five gold, four silver and six bronze medals. Pelonomi Tlhage and Refentse Senwedi were selected for the USSA National squad.