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Sasol Sponsorship

Sasol Sponsorship

Sasol on Thursday announced it has become a sponsor of Team South Africa for the 2012 Olympics through SASCOC.

Sasol has been a sponsor of the South African Paralympic team since 2007 and is also the sponsor of the South African Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team. The extension of the sponsorship, to include Team South Africa at the 2012 Olympics, has developed from Sasol’s sponsorship of the South African National Women’s Football team, Banyana Banyana.

“Our Paralympic, Men’s Wheelchair Basketball and Banyana Banyana sponsorships have been exceptional investments and the remarkable performance of these teams has ensured they will be forming part of the London-bound Team South Africa”, said Maurice Radebe, Group Executive, Sasol.

“Our sponsorship of Team South Africa, to now also include the Olympic team, brings a wonderful alignment to our support of the broader Team South Africa. The sponsorship reinforces our commitment to supporting our teams and working with them to achieve their dreams. We are delighted to be involved with two teams representing the country at the Olympics and Paralympics this year”, he said.

SASCOC Chief Executive Officer Mr Tubby Reddy thanked Sasol for the extension of the sponsorship. “As we all know, sponsorship and funding is the very lifeblood of sport. The 2012 Olympics and Paralympics are almost upon us and if we are to continue being a force in the ranks of world sport it’s sponsorships such as these that will be of fundamental importance.”

“SASCOC entered into the agreement to help Sasol with its association of its sponsorship of our Banyana Banyana women’s football team through getting into the wider Team South Africa fold.

“Sasol already play a huge role in the continued success of our Paralympic team, including the wheelchair basketball side. This extension of the sponsorship was the logical step up and is hugely welcomed.”

Sasol’s recently launched “With You” advertising campaign is one channel through which Sasol is sharing the success stories of these two high performing national teams.  As part of this campaign, South Africans can send messages of support to both Banyana Banyana and the Men’s Wheelchair Basketball teams, as well as well wishes to both the Olympic and Paralympic Team SA, by accessing sasolwithyou.mobi from their mobile phones.

On behalf of Sasol’s more than 33 000 employees across the world, we wish Team South Africa the greatest success at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

What if Paragliding was an Olympic Sport ?

What if Paragliding was an Olympic Sport ?

Olympic Paragliding

Paragliding is an extreme sport whereby you ascend to a height before jumping and allowing a wide canopy (called a paraglider), similar to a parachute, glide you through the air. If Paragliding were ever to become an Olympic sport, paragliding in Cape Town would be the perfect place for participants to train and prepare as it has some fantastic locations for paragliding. The sport is often  is often confused with parasailing, which involves wearing a parachute and gliding through the air while attached to a boat speeding through a body of water. If only the Olympic committee could be convinced of the viability of the sport as an official Olympic event.

Paragliding is a great way to fuel the adrenaline junkie within you. The sport is safe and fun without being boring. The adrenaline rush is no where near as sky diving but it is great for beginner adrenaline junkies who are looking to get started in extreme sports.

For your first paragliding experience, a professional tandem paraglide over the city is advised. Tandem flights involve being strapped into a harness with a professional pilot being you. The paraglider, which is laid across the ground, inflates as the wind pulls it. The paraglider will carry you off of the high ground and into the air. Tandem flights last between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on weather conditions. Landing is similar to take-off but with steps done in reverse.

When looking at paragliding companies, look for companies licensed by the South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association to ensure legitimacy and safety. Skywings Paragliding in Cape Town is one of the better, more reputable companies offering great packages.As with any extreme sport, with paragliding you are in danger of getting hurt. However, a certified, experienced pilot knows what conditions are optimal for flight and how to control the paraglider and flight path to minimize danger. Therefore, choosing a good reputable company is essential. Pricing for a tandem paragliding session ranges between R1150 and R1300 with optional extras such as photos and videos of your flight and transport between landings.

 

Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Sir Lowry’s Pass are all popular starting positions from which to paraglide. More experienced pilots travel, to Wilderness and Hermanus, in search of a change in scenery. Landing spots are scenic and as such the coast is loaded with prime landing spots. Sea Point, Clifton beach and Camps Bay used often as landing areas or as backdrops.

Paragliding is extremely weather dependent and flights cannot proceed until optimal conditions are confirmed. If conditions aren’t optimal, both your enjoyment and safety are compromised. Therefore, you need to be flexible with location and flight time.

Once you get the hang of the sport, you can progress from tandem paragliding to being a solo pilot. This, however, requires a license. This basic pilots license can be obtained through a paragliding school, such as Paraglide South Africa (The course takes between 1 to 3 months to complete, depending on how much time you have to attend classes.

Paragliding is the most accessible extreme sport and is accessible to anyone. Whether you are in the shape of your life, struggle for breath when you climb stairs or disabled, you can paraglide. That being said, tandem paragliding isn’t the greatest sport if you are looking to improve your fitness, with most of the work being done by the wind. Solo flight is another story, as controlling the paraglider requires quite a bit of upper body strength. The biggest health benefit is not muscular but rather mental. The adrenaline rush of paragliding is a great stress reliever and confidence builder.

If you are Capetonian or simply visiting and want to see the beauty of the city first hand, why not do it with a tandem paraglide. If you’re on the fence about extreme sports or looking for some excitement in your life, take the leap with paragliding and scratch it off your bucket list.

CyclingSA stick to the Team

CyclingSA stick to the Team

CyclingSA have confirmed that after being faced with an appeal with respect to the exclusion of Cherise Taylor, from the women’s road cycling squad in the South African team to the London Olympics, the appeal board has made a final decision supporting both the original selection process used by CyclingSA and the decision made regarding the women’s road cycling team.

The appeal board was requested to review the decision and to determine if the selectors had indeed followed due process and procedures in completing the final selection.

For London 2012, Cycling SA has attained the international ranking of 13th, and as a result qualified three women cyclists, a significant improvement since Beijing 2008 where we qualified only one rider. This in itself is a remarkable achievement, and all credit goes to each and every athlete who contributed.

Unlike other team sports (hockey and soccer), in cycling a nation’s overall ranking determines how many riders a country can send to the event. In soccer and hockey, as long as a country qualifies, they get to send a full team, with reserves. In cycling, and specifically road cycling, which is widely regarded as a team sport, the UCI qualification system restricts countries from sending complete teams, even though that country may achieve qualification. The only countries able to field a full team have to be ranked in the top five in the world.

The appeal board has found that the selectors did indeed follow due process in terms of both the final selection criteria and the CyclingSA selection policy, and had determined that the team selected was therefore within their mandate.

CyclingSA would like to reiterate, that this process is welcomed as it creates an opportunity for our athletes to feel comfortable in the process.

Strict guidelines exist when considering and selecting athletes to represent their country in any cycling discipline and Cycling SA are confident that the decision made by its selectors and endorsed by its board presents the best opportunity to bring home a medal.