Now in its 7th year, the Nedbank Sports Trust Development Cycling programme has formed a strong sustainable base of school cyclists that come from previously disadvantaged areas of the Cape Flats and Boland.
Over the years through their personal determination and will to succeed they are enjoying improved results, and the percentage of finishers has jumped from 47% to 52% in 2010 and 87% in 2011.
In 2012 the focus is again on the riders and schools already involved that have shown their commitment by building on the programme to create a sustainable cycling base in their schools and communities, and this year 2 new schools have joined.
The handover of bikes and kit took place on 2nd February at Rocklands High School, where all participants received their new kit and 40 new bikes. This takes the total of bikes handed over since its inception to 596.
Of the 115 cyclists participating in the 2012 Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour, 75 are “old hands” and the rest of the group are made up of cyclists from these 2 new schools. All of them will proudly wear their Nedbank Sports Trust sponsored kit on the start line come 11th March 2012.
There will however, be more of these riders taking part on the day, wearing their kit received from previous years.
Cheryl Jupp, the co-ordinator of the programme says: “I have to congratulate the educators and schools who have taken the opportunity presented by Nedbank and The Sports Trust to inspire, motivate and support their learners to continue to build them and create a sustainable infrastructure. We continue to strive not only to introduce cycling to the youngsters, but also to educate them and give them the necessary life skills to lead healthy, active lives using sustainable mobility.”
Schools involved in the 2012 programme
- Hex Valley SS – Mr Owen Athony
- Bonne Esperance Primary – Mrs Maryl Jeftha
- Fairmount High – Mr Mark Abrahams
- Steenberg High – Mr Bruce Anthony
- Kwamfundo High – Mr Mongameli Nyangiwe and Mr L Matshoba
- Mathew Goniwe High – Mr Obam Makubela
- Mbekweni Primary – Mr Pat Maxim
- Rocklands High – Mr Irafaan Abrahams
- Oval North Technical High – Mr Nazeem Jacobs
- Beacon Hill High – Mr Liebenberg and Mr Warren Harrison
- Lavender Hill High – Mr Rakiep and Fagodien Campher
- Grassy Park High
- Scottsville High – Julian Theunissen
One of the Nedbank Sports Trust sponsored riders, Adrian from Steenberg High, was sent on a course in the Netherlands through an initiative started by Freewheelers Club and Trevor Knowlden, their Chairman, advised that Adrian and his son Brandon had done extremely well overseas and were great Ambassadors for the development cycling in South Africa.
This year’s cyclists who complete the 2012 Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour in a time of less than 4 hours, can look forward to receiving an upgraded road bike as an additional prize incentive.
Sector Watches will also provide a Cardio watch for one male and one female winner. Shimano has also come on board supplying spares and 20 pairs of cycling shoes this year to further add benefit to these cyclists. Last year’s winners were Adrian De Bruyns from Cape Flats in a time of 03:21:00; the fastest female winner was Megan Paulsen from the Cape Flats area in 04:48:00, and from De Doorns, Jolin Noni in a time of 03:30:00.
“Sport development remains a priority in South Africa and this initiative makes it possible for Nedbank to actively contribute to the development of cycling talent in the Western Cape while at the same time making a positive contribution to the community,” says Maseda Ratshikuni, Head: Nedbank Cause Marketing.
The Sports Trust together with their Trustee Nedbank are committed to this sustainable cycling programme and thanks the organisers and participants for their commitment to “making things happen” in their schools and communities.
Photo: courtesy Mike Tippett