The Change a Life (CAL) Academy, sponsored by Hi-Tec, had a busy November month. It is headed by Martin Dreyer, who is also sponsored by Hi-Tec.
Sthembiso Masango and Mboneni Ngcobo both received their KwaZulu Natal colours in cycling at the KwaZulu Natal Cycling annual awards. This past month, Masango also received national colours in XCO and marathon cycling. He also finished fourth in The Munga MTB race and won R43 000. This is a non-stop race over 1 000km through the Karoo, from Bloemfontein to Wellington.
Jeannie Dryer, a Hi-Tec ambassador, won the women’s category and finished second overall in The Munga, which she describes as “the toughest race on earth” that allows participants to truly test themselves.
Change a Life canoeists also took podium positions in several races. Some of the pre-races in the lead up to the Dusi, which will take place 15-17 February 2018, were largely undertaken on foot since the river isn’t full. The Ibis to Diptank weekend K2 Canoe Race with its low rocky river level was one of them – but this strategy benefitted the CAL team, whose members were placed 1, 2, and 3 on the podium: last year’s Dusi winner, Mpilo Zondi won, Mvelo Ngidi came second, and Banetse Nkhoesa took the third place on the podium in a K1.
At the Ozzie Gladwin canoe race, which takes place where the Dusi starts, Eric Zondi and Siseko Ntondini won first place, and Khumbulani Nzimande and Stewart Little third.
Additionally, the SA Warrior Finale took place in Pretoria and the Change a Life (CAL) Academy participated in the Black Ops Elite category that consisted of 30 obstacles over 15km of trail running. Out of the more than 5 000 participants, Hlelani Radebe finished within the top 10 overall and Dumisani Shababala and Kwanda Mhlophe within the top 20.