Provincial High School Athletics Championships

Erin Mitchell

Erin Mitchell made the school very proud with her recent participation in the Provincial High School Athletics Championships.

Athletes from all seven mega districts: Alfred Nzo, Amathole, Sarah Baartman, Chris Hani, Joe Gqabi, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and OR Tambo attended the event in Cradock on Friday, 6 March, to compete for a place in the Eastern Cape Provincial team that will compete in the upcoming National Championships.

Erin participated in the Girls u/17 High Jump event where she placed 6th overall.

Union thanks her for her commitment in this regard and congratulates her on a stellar athletics season.

Jnr Interschools Athletics

Union youngsters win annual interschools athletics

The annual primary interschools athletics event between the Union Schools and Laer Volkskool was held on Tuesday afternoon, 3 March.  The meet took place at Laer Volkskool.

The competition was stiff as the learners faced off in various items such as long jump, high jump, shot put, sprints, long distance running and relays.

Union’s athletes, however, were determined to make their mark in their respective track and field events and their ‘never-say-die’ attitude and their resolve on the track and field shone through.

Their determination saw Union collecting 653 points to win the encounter against Volkskool (605).

“The conditions were perfect for the participating athletes and they delivered some of the best performances seen in years,” said Mr Floris Steenkamp, Union’s Junior Sports Administrator.

“It was clear that our athletes prepared well for their events and that their spirit was unwavering. A big congratulations must go to all our learners who competed with amazing sportsmanship and pride – we are extremely proud of you.”

The event was excellently hosted by Laer Volkskool and Union thanks them for their efforts!

• Noteworthy performances on the day, include:

– Grade 1 learner Taylor Jacobs won the Girls u/7 60m and 80m events. Emma Burger joined her on the podium both times in 3rd and 2nd place respectively.
– Uthmaan Steel won the Boys u/7 60m and 80m events, with Raydon Herndricks coming in third in both races.

– The Girls u/8 60m event saw Hayle Krige coming in second and Lisa Kungawo coming in third. Lisa, however claimed the win in the 80m race, with Hayle coming in a close second.

– Abonani Matushe came in second in the Girls u/9 60m event, followed by Miley Burger in third place. When it came to the 80m event, Abonani was first to cross the finish line.
– Jordan Maritz came second in both the Boys u/9 60m and 80m events.

– Mia Botha came second in the Girls u/10 80m and 100m events and first in the 1200m race.
– Ethan Raath came in third in the Boys u/10 100m race and third in the 1200m.
– Emma Watson, who celebrated her birthday, came in second in the Girls u/10 Long Jump, followed by Alyssa Trollip in third place. Emma also won the High Jump event, with Alyssa coming in third.
– Owen Paxton came in second in the Boys u/10 Long Jump and High Jump events with Quinn Naude coming in third in both events. Owen also came in second in the Boys u/10 1200m.
– Kyla Putter won the Girls u/10 Shot Put, followed by Nadine Murray in second place. Nadine also came in second in the Girls u/10 1200m.
– Tristan Naude claimed second place in the Boys u/10 Shot Put.

– Lulinke Vumazonke came third in the Boys u/11 80m event as well as in the 100m race.
– The Girls u/11 High Jump was dominated by Union, with Jasmine Abercrombie coming in first, Zoe Hobson second and Grace Kemp third.
– It was 3 for 3 for Union in the Boys u/11 High Jump as well, with Liso Sobantu coming in first, Dwayne Koeberg second and Warren Barlow third.
– Grace Kemp claimed third place in the Girls u/11 Shot Put as well as in the 1200m.
– Junior de Bruyn won the Boys u/11 Shot Put with Richard Murray coming in second.
– Warren Barlow came in third in the Boys u/11 1200m.

– Jamae-Mari Davids came in second in the Girls u/12 100m, first in the Girls u/12 Long Jump, third in the High Jump and third in the 1200m.
– Josh Arends came third in the Boys u/12 100m.
– Anna Bouwer came second in the Girls u/12 150m, followed by Katelyn Trollip in third place. Anna also came first in the Girls u/12 High Jump and third in the Long Jump, while Katelyn claimed second place in the Shot Put.
– Peter-Daniel Clegg came second in the Boys u/12 150m, followed by Liso Booi in third place. Peter-Daniel also came third in the Long Jump, while Liso claimed another third place in the High Jump.
– Tara Ferreira came in second in the Girls u/12 High Jump and third in the Shot Put.
– Xarah Hoffman won the Girls u/12 Shot Put.
– The Boys u/12 Shot Put was won by Siba Mbuyte.
– Daisy Sears won the Girls u/12 1200m, followed by Leigh-Ann Murray in second place.
– Josh Arends came third in the Boys u/12 1200m.

– Lisa Menos won the Girls u/13 100m, while the Boys u/13 100m was won by Lukhana Kettledas in first, Matthew Paxton in second and Shaakir Kazi in third place.
– The Girls u/13 200m event was also won by Lisa Menos, with Zelresch Frazenburg in second place and Aaminah Steele in third place.
– Lukhana Kettledas won the Boys u/13 200m and Long Jump events, with Matthew Paxton coming in second in both events and Xavier Barlow coming in third in the Long Jump.
– Farronique Booysen came in second in the Girls u/13 Long jump.
– Lisa Menos won the Girls u/13 High Jump, followed by Farronique Booysen in second place and Aaminah Steel in third place.
– Nate Jaftha ended third in the Boys u/13 High Jump.
– Anna-May Hayes came in second in the Girls u/13 Shot Put, followed by Uyathanda Sididi in third place.
– Matthew Paxton claimed third place in the Boys u/13 Shot Put.
– Lisa Menos came first in the Girls u/13 800m. She also claimed first place in the 1500m, with Keza Neill coming in third.
– Matthew Paxton came in first in the Boys u/13 800m and 1500m. Lukhanya Kettledas claimed third place in the 800m.

Athletics – Sarah Baartman District Championship

Congratulations Erin and Mack!

Union High School had two athletes competing at the Sarah Baartman District Championships at Port Elizabeth’s Westbourne Oval on Friday, 14 February.

Union’s athletes did very well against stiff competition at this prestigious event, with Mack Rubidge placing first in the Boys u/19 Shot Put event with a distance of 11.47m and achieving a new personal best in the Boys u/19 High Jump event with a height of 1.7m cleared.

Erin Mitchell came in second in the Girls u/17 High Jump with a new Personal Best of 1.5m.



Athletics: Top 10

Athletes do well at annual meet

On Saturday, 5 October, 10 athletes represented Union High School at the annual Bestmed TAMS Superspar Madibaz Top 10 athletics meet held on the tartan athletics track at the Cradock Sports Stadium.

The 2019 event featured a total of 80 teams, with the Union athletes’ enthusiasm evident in their participation despite the heat.

Union would like to congratulate Iviwe Ndamane, who came second in the Mens u/19 800m, and Erin Mitchell, who came third in the Girls u/16 High Jump, on their outstanding performances.

Although Matthew Carelse didn’t receive a medal, he ran an excellent time of 53,53 seconds in the Boys u/17 400m and contributed 722 points towards Union High School’s total.

Union is eagerly anticipating the athletics meeting against Hoër Volkskool on Wednesday, 16 October. Athletes are encouraged to enter and spectators are more than welcome to come and support the school.

Athletics: Top 10 Meeting

The  Bestmed TAMS Superspar Madibaz Top 10 athletics meeting will take place at the Cradock Sports Stadium on Saturday, 5 October.

The popular event will be hosted by Cradock High School (CHS) for the 14th consecutive year.

Since its inception as a high school athletics event in 2006, it has grown to one of the biggest school athletics events in the country, catering for the top athletes from at least 40 schools in the Eastern and Western Cape.

This year, the following learners will be representing Union High School at this prestigious event:
(back, left to right) Dylan Petitt, Iviwe Ndamane, Liyabona Teyise
(Middle, left to right) Erin Mitchell,  Zuan Vos, Ntsika Ngongoma, Matthew Carelse
(Front, left to right) Lana Bouwer, Brigitte Oelofsen, Singalakha Mapekula
(absent) Elia Railton

Sarah Baartman Athletics

On Friday, 22 February, three athletes represented the Karoo Team at the Sarah Baartman Athletics Meeting at the Oval in Port Elizabeth. We appreciate each one of them – having the commitment to take part in the event, while still having the Matric Dance, the same evening!

The athletes received the following places:

Erin Mitchell – High Jump, Girls u/17

Fourth Places:
Matthew Carelse, 400 m and 800 m, Boys u/17
Iviwe Ndamane, 800 m, Open Boys

Interschools Athletics

On Tuesday 19 February Union hosted the annual Primary Interschools Athletics Meeting with Laer Volkskool. In perfect weather conditions, our beautiful school fields were a hive of activity where the athletes were involved in a total of 64 events ranging from U7 to U13, involving field and track events. Many of the races were very closely contested making it difficult for the place judges. All participants need to be commended on their good sportsmanship throughout the day. This ensured that an enjoyable event could take place. Many thanks must go to our neighbours Laer Volkskool for their participation and for competing in good spirit.
During the meeting 14 new records were set, 5 by Union athletes.
Congratulation to the following on setting new records:
Alutha Wesi – Boys u13 200m, 100m
Siphosethu Vena – Girls u13 100m
Daniel Short – Boys u11 High Jump, 100m
The final point’s position was: Union- 1074 and LVS – 774


Karoo Athletics Meeting


On Friday 1 February Daniel Short took part in the Regional Athletics trails at Collie Koeberg Stadium. Lovely sunny weather ensured for a great display of talent and skill. Daniel competed to the best of his ability and held the school’s name high.
Following his excellent performance, Daniel has been selected to compete in the Sarah Baartman athletics meeting, to be held in Port Elizabeth on the 15th of February.
100m boys U11 – 1st
80m boys U11 – 2nd





Twelve of Union High School’s athletes competed at the Karoo Athletics meeting, held on Saturday, 2 February, at the Collie Koeberg Athletics Stadium. The participants recorded the following summary of achievements: 6 Gold medals, 1 Silver Medal and 3 Bronze Medals.

The following learners performed well on the day:

First Places

Marche Green, High Jump, Girls u/17
Erin Mitchell, High Jump, Girls u/16
Dylan Petitt, Javelin, Boys u/15
Rosslyn Sparks, Discus, Girls u/19
Matthew Carelse, 400 m and 800 m, Boys u/17

Second Places

Iviwe Ndame, 800 m, Boys u/19

Third Places

Soyama Mbobi, 100 m, Boys u/19
Iviwe Ndamane, 400 m, Boys u/19
Dylan Petitt, Shotput, Boys u/15

Fourth Place

Singalakha Mapekula, 200 m, Girls u/14

The following learners qualified to represent the Karoo Athletics Team at the CACADU Mega District Meeting to be held at the PE Oval on Saturday, 23 February:

Best of luck to all athletes competing during the next round

Interhouse Athletics

On Tuesday, 15 February, all Arnott and Daly athletes participated in a memorable Interhouse Athletics Meeting. Competition was fierce but fun and participation was even more important.This year’s senior Inter-House athletics day was a celebration of talent, true Union spirit, hard work and a good handful of joy! The student body responded well to Mr Pringle’s plea for participation and a fun-filled day was had by all.

The matrics went all out to make their last athletics day one to remember and participated with enthusiasm.

Athletics day is a day where our learners are given the opportunity to partake in various disciplines, and they jumped, threw and ran with gusto!

Team spirit, grit and kindness – that was what the Senior Interhouse Athletics was about.

Everyone who participated in an event contributed to the fantastic spirit and earned house points. This year Daly came back and claimed the Interhouse Athletics Shield with 921 points vs Arnott’s 819 points.

The following athletes will receive their awards at the Summer Sports Awards Assembly or Prize Giving. Congratulations on your excellent performance!

U/15 Victrix Ludorum – Wendy Albertyn Trophy – L. Bouwer
U/15 Victor Ludorum – Trevor Albertyn Trophy – S. Arnolds
U/17 Victrix Ludorum – André Paris Cup – L. Theron
U/17 Victor Ludorum – B. Langmead
Open Girls’ Jumping Events – J. McNaughton / K. King
Open Boys’ Jumping Events – L. McNaughton
Open Girls’ Throwing Events – Cheryl Geard Trophy- R. Sparks
Open Boys’ Throwing Events:  Willem Theron Trophy – L. McNaughton
Open Girls’ Field Events – R. Sparks
Open Boys’ Field Events:  Reg Moore Cup – L. McNaughton
Open Girls’ Long Distances:  Evan van Zyl Trophy – S. du Plessis
Open Boys’ Long Distances:  Ross Garner Trophy – I. Ndamane
Open Girls’ Sprints:  Zeta Marais Shield – M. Loock
Open Boys’ Sprints:  Minnaar Cup – S. Mbobi
Senior Victrix Ludorum (awarded at Prize Giving) – S. du Plessis
Senior Victor Ludorum:  Radium Cleaners (Prize Giving) – L. McNaughton
Most credible performance of the day (Prize Giving) – S. Arnolds
Interhouse relays:  Alex Murray Cup – Daly
Interhouse Shield Competition Winners – Daly