Wayde Van Niekerk has teamed up with Cartoon Network and ChildLine to launch an international anti-bullying campaign, CN Buddy Network, in South Africa.
The initiative, kicked off on May 7, encourages children and young people to ‘be a buddy, not a bully’, and aims to raise awareness and to empower the children of South Africa to take action against bullying.
Wayde will appear in an on-air campaign on Cartoon Network on DStv, Channel 301 which will also include an original series of animated shorts addressing the viewpoints of the bully, the bullied and the observer.
“Bullying is never acceptable and there is nothing shameful about asking for help – speaking up is the first step in making things better.” – Wayde-
8 March 2016 – At the newly launched Athletics South Africa Nite Series at Pilditch Stadium (Pretoria) Akani Simbine broke the SA record in 9.96
Simbine won the men’s 100m race breaking the SA record of 9.97 which he and Bruintijes had set last year. “it’s an amazing feeling. It’s my first race of the season so I’m surprised with my shape. I just hope I can build on this” said Simbine.
He is still planning the season towards Rio and his next competition will be the SA Championships in Stellebosch.
During a ceremony held in honor of Wayde Van Niekerk’s gold medal achievement in Beijing it was announced yesterday 5th September 2015 by the Mayor of Gemona Paolo Urbani that Wayde will be the new ambassador for the sport project Gemona Città dell Sport.
Not only Wayde will be benefit from the agreement but also athletes like Akani Simbine, Ruswahl Samaai, who will have access to facilities like the track, gym and swimming pool, physiotherapist services, top class accommodation and meals, which will allow them to prepare for Rio 2016 in ideal conditions.
During the recently held IAAF Worldchampionships in Athletics staged at the Bird’s nest stadium South African’s Wayde Van Niekerk won the gold medal 400m men in a new South African and African record with the time of 43.48 sec. This is also a world leading time for 2015 and the fourth fastest athlete of all time.
We wish all the best to the athletes who have been qualified for the World Championships! They have bee working hard all year long to be among the best athletes in the world, good luck to everyone and we hope to see some medals around your necks!
Rocco Van Rooyen Javelin thrower, Akani Simbine 100-200m, Justine Palframan 400m, Orazio Cremona shot put thrower, Rynardt Van Rensburg 800m, Wayde Van Niekerk 400m, Willem Coertzen Decathlon, Victor Hogan discus thrower, Ruswahl Samaai long jump, Dumisani Hlaselo 5000m.
The 21 years old Justine Palfram coached by Mohamed Ally was untouchable in the women’s 400 m final at the World Student Games in Gwanju – Korea.
A great performance, not only for the Gold medal won by a huge margin of 0.66 sec from Poland’s Malgorzata Holub, but also for the new PB 51, 27 sec that smashes his previous one of 51. 87 sec run when she won the national title on her home track in Stellenbosch earlier this year.