Another one of the experts at the North-West University (NWU) has been called up at national sports level to assist with a national sports team.
Was this the best year for sport the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus has ever seen? Will there be such a year again? This was the question that James Stoffberg, Director: NWU Puksport, asked at Puksport’s year-end function at Christa Gali on Wednesday evening, 19 October.
Eight-and-a- half minutes. An eternity, and then a bit more. The evening of 11 April at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch was a euphoric nightmare. Ka-dwa-ka-dwa-ka-dwa – the battering rams of NWU Pukke hammered against Jericho’s walls. Time was up and still the clock ticked on. Marno Redelinghuys broke through. Rhyno Smith kicked through.
When the final whistle blew at the Fanie du Toit football field on Saturday night, the NWU women’s football team ended their Varsity Football campaign with a 3-0 loss to TUT. Their head were bowed, some searched for answers between the bent blades of the pitch that was, only moments before, a battle field.
Sport minister Fikile Mbalula’s unwillingness to endorse SA Rugby’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup can be interpreted as a lack of faith in the country’s ability to host the event. According to Prof Melville Saayman, director of the research unit TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society) at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU), hosting an event like this is one most countries will jump at.
What differentiates an athlete like Usain Bolt and Cameron van der Burgh from the rest of the field? According to renowned sports psychologist, Prof Pieter Kruger of the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) who forms part of a panel of psychologists that aid the South African Olympic team in a supporting capacity, it all boils down to a balancing act akin to a tightrope walker.