A look back at 2016’s sporting highlights

Glenn Macnamara competes in a duathlon in New Zealand.

Last year was full of sporting excitement, achievements, championships and general fun. We have seen records broken, hard work paid off and a growth in the northern suburbs of Roodepoort’s sport.

These were the highlights of last year’s sporting achievements and news:

• The year started off with a bang when Allen’s Nek triathlete and duathlete, Glenn Macnamara, won gold in New Zealand. Macnamara is only the second South African duathlete to win an international duathlon in the past 20 years.

• About 3 300 cyclists gathered for the 16th annual Rudy Project Berge en Dale Classic cycling race that took place on 6 February at Cradlestone Mall in Muldersdrift.

Cyclists prepare to take off in the Berge en Dale tandem race.

Cyclists prepare to take off in the Berge en Dale tandem race.

Allister Coetzee was announced as the new coach on 12 April at the SuperSport headquarters in Randburg.

Diggers Rugby Club's Marc Baker, in Malanshof, said when Allister Coetzee was announced the new Springbok coach: "Coetzee is going to make a fantastic coach for the national squad. He has a great pedigree and a proven track record."

Diggers Rugby Club’s Marc Baker, in Malanshof, said when Allister Coetzee was announced the new Springbok coach: “Coetzee is going to make a fantastic coach for the national squad. He has a great pedigree and a proven track record.”

• South Africa’s top trio, Ivanna Samu, Kaleigh Telfer and Zethu Myeki collected an unprecedented 12th victory for the country in the 13th edition of the All-Africa Challenge Trophy (AACT) in Hammemet, Tunisia on 8 April.

Ivanna Samu, Zethu Myeki and Kaleigh Telfer make South Africa proud in Tunisia. Photo: Supplied.

Ivanna Samu, Zethu Myeki and Kaleigh Telfer make South Africa proud in Tunisia. Photo: Supplied.

• A wet and rainy day did not deter players and spectators from enjoying a successful Derby Day between Rand Park High School and HeronBridge College. Also, Rand Park Primary School beat Weltevreden Park Primary school 20–12.

Rand Park High's 1st rugby team contest a line-out against HeronBridge players.

Rand Park High’s 1st rugby team contest a line-out against HeronBridge players.

• On 11 June, the fifth Beast obstacle course challenge proved to be the toughest for winners, Thomas van Tonder and Carina Marx. Both athletes of the Jeep Team, claimed the respective men’s and women’s titles.

Carina Marx and Thomas van Tonder won the respective men's and women's titles at the fifth Beast challenge. Photo: BeSnapped Photography.

Carina Marx and Thomas van Tonder won the respective men’s and women’s titles at the fifth Beast challenge. Photo: BeSnapped Photography.

• Curro Aurora riders were the highest point-scoring team in the category of eight to 12 riders at the South African National Equestrian Schools Association (Sanesa) Gauteng West Awards, held on 24 June at Usambara Lodge.

• Local runner, Christine Kalmer returned to South Africa from the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics where she competed in the 42km marathon. She finished almost three minutes slower than her qualifying time.

Almaz Ayana from Ethiopa poses for a photo with Christine Kalmer. Ayana won gold in the women's 10 000m run, and bronze in the women's 5 000m run. Photo: Supplied.

Almaz Ayana from Ethiopa poses for a photo with Christine Kalmer. Ayana won gold in the women’s 10 000m run, and bronze in the women’s 5 000m run. Photo: Supplied.

• Brother and sister, Marco (11) and Alicia (10) Prins from Fairland were included in the South African Modern Pentathlon Association (Sampa) President’s team.

• Victory House Private School lived up to its name when it broke Agape Christian School’s 15-year winning streak at the Inter-school Christian League in September.

• Radford House School and five other schools held their first inter-schools athletics event at Ruimsig Athletics Stadium. Radford came up with the idea of creating a league of small schools for themselves, as they were not part of a league and wanted an opportunity for their pupils to compete against other schools.

• Lawn bowls legend, Esmé Haley (63) won the SA Masters singles event, the Johannesburg Bowls Association (JBA) singles and pairs events, and was awarded the JBA Bowler of the Year.

• About 900 goals were scored in a record-breaking game that was nothing short of epic, lasting 32 hours, 10 minutes and 30 seconds, as Education Through Soccer (ETS) broke the Guinness World Record for the longest non-stop six-a-side soccer match. Guinness World Records still has to officially approve the breaking of the record.

Pacita Plastics goalkeeper, Justin Rosenberg saves a shot.

Pacita Plastics goalkeeper, Justin Rosenberg saves a shot.

• Thousands of cyclists from all over Gauteng and even from across the border congregated at Riversands to compete in the 20th annual Telkom Cycle Challenge despite the excessive heat.

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Chantelle Fourie

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