Biathlon


2017 South African Biathlon championships, Paarl


Biathlon is a multisport discipline unique to South Africa, although similar events exist elsewhere. The sport is particularly popular at Afrikaans platteland schools, and a number of Springbok swimmers have also excelled at biathlon.

It involves running and swimming over various distances for the different age groups. These two separate disciplines take place at different times on the same day. All athletes will first run their event on the track and after all the running numbers have been completed all athletes will swim their events in either a 25m or 50m pool. 

Times are recorded for each athlete and points are then allocated according to the times recorded.  The ideal will be to achieve at least 1000 points for the running discipline and 1000 points for the swimming discipline to then have a total of at least 2000 points.

There are currently 13 provinces in South Africa that compete. Note: In the United Kingdom the sport is known as Modern Biathlon.

 Geskiedenis van Suid Afrikaanse Tweekamp

 Tweekamp het ontstaan in die middel jare sewentig met die idee om ‘n sport uit die hardloop- en swemkomponente van Moderne Vyfkamp te stig (die ander drie komponente van Moderne Vyfkamp is pistoolskiet, skerm en perdry). Die eintlike doel was dat Tweekamp as voedingsbron sal dien vir Moderne Vyfkamp, wat ‘n Olympiese sportsoort is.  ‘n Vereniging is gestig, genaamd “The South African Modern Pentathlon and Biathlon Association”.  Gedurende 1986 is op ‘n Algemene Jaarvergardering van die nuwe vereniging besluit dat Tweekamp ’n aparte Vereniging sal stig - “The South African Modern Biathlon Association” met die Afrikaanse naam “Suid-Afrikaanse Moderne Tweekampvereniging”.  ‘n Paar jaar daarna is weggedoen met die woord “moderne” in die Afrikaanse sowel as die Engelse naam van die sportsoort. Tweekamp het gegroei as ’n onafhanklike sportsoort met meer as 2000 geregisteerde tweekampers in Suid-Afrika.

Name wat prominent was met die stigting van Tweekamp, is As Burger, Les Cox en Niel Fourie. Les Cox was die eerste President en het die amp beklee tot 1987 waarna Regter Chris Jansen as SA President verkies is. Hy is opgevolg deur Archie Markgraaff en daarna deur Blackie Swart.

Tweekamp word bedryf deur hardloop en swem as twee afsonderlike nommers aan te bied met die toekenning van punte vir tye behaal.  Hoe vinniger ’n atleet hardloop en swem hoe meer punte word aan die atleet toegeken.  Die groottotaal van die twee stelle punte bepaal die wenner in elke ouderdomsgroep.  

Daar is tans 13 Provinsies in Suid-Afrika wat onder beheer van die Suid-Afrikaanse Tweekampvereniging funksioneer.  Elke Tweekampprovinsie het sy eie Voorsitter en Provinsiale Bestuur met ‘n eie Grondwet en hanteer sy eie sake na goeddunke. Provinsie reël eie plaaslike byeenkomste en Interprovinsiale kompetisies word ook aangebied.  

Tweekamp word aangebied vir mans en dames, seuns en dogters, in verskillende ouderdomsgroepe wat wissel vanaf 0/8 tot Meesters (bo die ouderdom van 60 jaar).  Vir Meesters en Veterane in die verskillende kategorie word daar ook ’n bonuspuntstelsel gebruik waar bonuspunte volgens die ouderdom toegeken word.

Die afstande wat die atlete hardloop wissel tussen 800m en 1600m. Die swemafstande wissel tussen 50m en 100m. Die puntesisteme verskil ook vir die veskillende ouderdomsgroepe en ’n standaardpunt van 1000 punte word vir ’n spesifieke hardloop- en swemtyd per ouderdomsgroep toegeken waarna punte bygetel word per sekond vinniger en afgetrek word per sekond stadiger gehardloop en geswem.

Suid-Afrikaanse Kampioenskappe word elke jaar aangebied onder die beheer van die Suid-Afrikaanse Tweekampvereniging.  Provinsies doen aansoek om as gasheer op te tree en ‘n rotasiestelsel word gebruik om aan provinsies wat die potensiaal het, die geleentheid te gee om as gasheer op te tree. Waar mooontlik, word daar geroteer tussen kusprovinsies en binnelandse provinsies. Die SA Kampioenskappe word tradisioneel tydens die Paasnaweek of die Maart/Aprilvakansie aangebied.

Tweekamp word bemark as ’n inheemse Suid-Afrikaanse sport wat klem plaas op veelsydigheid.  Dit gee aan veelsydige atlete ‘n geleentheid om hulle Provinsie te verteenwoordig in ’n sportsoort waar indiwiduele- en spankompetisie ’n groot rol speel. Tweekamp word ook as ’n familiesport bemark waar oud en jonk, ook van dieselfde famile, deelneem in ’n omgewing waar aanmoediging en sportmanskap vooropgestel word. Daar word ook voorsiening gemaak vir atlete met spesiale behoeftes.

Vanaf 1999 het SA Tweekamp, op versoek van die Internasionale Moderne Vyfkampvereniging, Biathle in Suid-Afrika aangebied.  Later is daar deur Tweekamp ’n eie, soortgelyke kompetisie, Biathlo, ingestel, wat aaneenlopend hardloop, swem en hardloop behels.  Hier kry die eerste atleet wat die wenstreep oorsteek die wenposisie. Hierdie kompetisies word nie meer deur SA Tweekamp aangebied nie.


BIATHLON – THE SPORT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

 Biathlon consists of pool swimming [25m, 50m or 100m] and track running [400m to 1600m]. In Biathlon times are recorded in both swimming and running and then converted [by means of a standardised points table] into points and then added for the final total. From junior veterans bonus points are added [15 points per year] for each year older than the starting date of that section.  2000 points are generally seen as a fair point to be selected for a provincial team [only 5 per age group] but the final decision lies with the selection committee.

Schlechter gesin van Plettenbergbaai - Pa Marius, seun Gustav en dogter Lara neem almal deel  - saam met MaTanya.

Kriel `beaten'

2 April 1997

Heather Ball, a Std 7 pupil at Table View High School, broke a ten-year-old u15 record of Olympic silver medallist backstroke swimmer Marianne Kriel at the Western Province Biathlon Championships in Bellville. The record of 2340 points was beaten with 16 points.

Heather achieved this by running the 1000 metres in a time of 3 minutes 3 seconds and swimming 100 metres in 1 minute 4 seconds. She is only eight points away from the SA record of 2364 points, which she will try and achieve at the SA modern biathlon championships in Worcester. Heather is a keen swimmer and enjoys the middle distance running events. She has been awarded WP Schools colours for swimming and cross country. On April 6 she will be part of the WP team to participate in Port Elizabeth for junior Springbok colours at the SA long distance biathlon.

Eden team photo.

Bryanston’s biathlon boy proves too good at SA championships

BRYANSTON – Joshua Eccles proves too good at SA Biathlon champs. April 10, 2018.

With 81 athletes in his category, Joshua Eccles (10) proved too good at the South African Biathlon Championships in Pretoria on 31 March.

He outpaced the pack in the 800m run, finishing in 02:23. This was followed by a 50m swim, which Eccles completed in just 31 seconds.

The points earned from the two events were enough for him to not only win the championships but also to break his own SA record he set at the interprovincials in February.

At the champs he scored 2 455 points, bettering his 2 402 points in February which had bettered the previous record that had stood since 1997.

“In biathlon, I can really push hard on my run as there is a break in-between the run and swim so I can rest,” Joshua explained.

When speaking about his goals in biathlon, as well as biathle and triathle, he said he sets the bar as high as possible for himself and always aims to win medals at the Biathle and Triathle World Championships.

“I hope to one day maybe compete in pentathlon at the Olympics. I have all my training programmes set to my watch and I have the vitamins and training drinks to keep me healthy and ready to race.”

Last year, Joshua competed in the SA Biathle, Triathle and Laser-run Championships and won all three to earn an SA hat- trick. He then went to Spain to represent South Africa in the Biathle and Triathle World Championships.

Competing against 29 other countries, his events were biathle mixed relay, triathle mixed relay, triathle individual and biathle individual.

Joshua won gold in all four, and team SA won two team golds which meant Joshua brought home six gold world championship medals.

He puts his success down to loving what he does so much, and the coaching and support he receives.

https://fourwaysreview.co.za/280221/bryanstons-biathlon-boy-proves-too-good-at-sa-championships/

Pearson ranked SA’s top biathlon school

24 April 2019

THE 44th South African Biathlon Championships took place in Port Elizabeth recently, with nearly 800 athletes from around the country participating.

This year also saw the introduction of the national schools’ competition where athletes’ points counted towards both their provincial team and their schools’ teams total.

For a school to enter a team at the National Championships, the school had to be the top school in their province or be placed first at an interprovincial competition during the course of the season.

This year Pearson (as the top high school in the Eastern Province) and Framesby (as the winners of the Eden Interprovincial) were invited to enter the schools’ competition.

Pearson was placed first in the high school division, giving Pearson the title of the top biathlon high school in the country.

The Pearsonites who won this accolade for the school achieved success across a range of categories:

  • Girls’ u/13 category: Jodi Wilson was placed 34th.
  • Girls’ u/15 category: Caitlin Rademakers, 27th, Lize Muller, 10th, Lea de Villiers, fourth and Anke Serfontein, second.
  • Girls’ u/17 category: Tyra Roozendaal, 13th.
  • Boys’ u/17 category: Kirsten Bester, 10th and Kyle White eighth.
  • Girls’ u/19 category: Lindelize Bester, 12th.
  • Boys’ u/19 category: Mark Muller was placed 10th, Marcelle Muller, eighth and Ruben Smith, sixth.
  • Women’s open category: Kaitlyn Wolff was placed 12th.

Note: Pearson girls water polo regularly ranks in the top 3 in the country.

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/PE-Express/pearson-ranked-sas-top-biathlon-school-20190422

From left are Lea de Villiers, Tyra Roozendaal, Kaitlyn Wolff, Kirsten Bester, Lindelize Bester, Caitlin Rademakers, Anke Serfontein, and Jodi

South African Biathlon Championships results



 Provinces of South African Biathlon

Boland
Border – Michael Forbes                 
Central Gauteng
Eastern Province
Eden Biathlon
Gauteng North
Griqualand West
Kwazulu Natal
Limpopo – Jaco Marais                    
Mpumalanga – Jan Engelbrecht               
Northern Freestate
North West Province
Southern Free State
Western Province