Wally Hayward: going the distance

first_imgIn the course of an athletics career spanning 60 years, Wally Hayward excelled at distances ranging from 100 metres to 100 miles.He competed on the track in his early twenties, represented South Africa at the Olympic Games in the standard marathon, and set world long distance records.His defining achievements, however, were reserved for one of the greatest ultra-marathons of them all: the Comrades.One of the world’s greatest ultra-marathons, the 90-kilometre Comrades Marathon is internationally recognised both for the body-sapping challenge it poses and the camaraderie it fosters among its thousands of participants.Run between Pietermaritzburg, capital of Kwazulu-Natal province, and the coastal city of Durban, the race alternates each year between an “up run” from Durban and a “down run” from Pietermaritzburg.First Comrades victoryWally Hayward won his first Comrades Marathon in 1930, at the age of 21, in a time of 7 hours 27 minutes – then returned to racing shorter distances.Earlier in the same year, he had won the national 10-mile championship, and over the course of the next 20 years he became national champion in distances from three miles to the marathon. He was also decorated for his actions during World War Two, being made a Member of the British Empire.When Hayward returned to the Comrades in 1950 he was discounted as a serious contender because of his age – he was 41 years old. That didn’t stop him from taking the lead at halfway and going on to win in a record time of 6 hours 46 minutes – 41 minutes faster than his winning time two decades before.6-hour barrier, 24-hour recordThe following year, in his first attempt at the Comrades down run, he powered his way to a 6 hours 14 minutes victory, slashing 7 minutes and 57 seconds off Johannes Coleman’s 1939 record.Hayward missed the Comrades in 1952 when he competed for South Africa at the Helsinki Olympic Games, but returned in 1953 to become the first athlete to break the six-hour barrier, in a time of 5 hours 52 minutes.In the same year he travelled to England, where he established new records in the London to Brighton Marathon, the Bath to London 100-miler – and a 24-hour track race staged by England’s Road Runners Club at Motspur Park.Hayward’s distance for “the day race” was 256.4 kilometres, a new world best – and a mark not bettered until two decades later, when Englishman Ron Bentley managed 259.6 kilometres.Hayward followed that up in 1954 by breaking his own record for the Comrades up run with a win in 6 hours 12 minutes.Barred from racingHowever, a second visit to England that year cost him dearly when the South African Athletic and Cycling Association declared him a professional for allegedly accepting donations for expenses.The rules of the race at the time meant that Hayward – having established new records for both the up and down runs and equalled the five wins of Arthur Newton and Hardy Ballington – could no longer run the Comrades.His amateur status was only reinstated 20 years later, in 1974, by which time he professed little appetite for racing, though he attended the finish of the Comrades every year to help inspire other runners.Saving the best till lastThen, in 1988, Hayward was persuaded by friends to take part in the race once more. The country was stunned when the 79-year-old crossed the finish line in 9 hours 44 minutes, beating more than half the field.Hayward’s most dramatic moment, however, came the following year, in 1989, when he completed the down run at the age of 80. There was hardly a dry eye in the stadium as he staggered across the line in an obviously distressed state, making the 11 hours cut-off time by a mere 1 minute and 57 seconds.To this day, he remains the oldest finisher in the history of the Comrades Marathon.The Wally Hayward medalWally Hayward died in May 2006 at the age of 97. In November, the Comrades Marathon Association announced that a new medal, the Wally Hayward medal, would be presented to runners for the first time in 2007.The medals are awarded to those runners who fail to earn Comrades gold medals – awarded to the first 10 men and women finishers – but still come in under the six-hour barrier first broken by Hayward in 1953.“The late Wally Hayward was one of the greatest ever Comrades runners, with seven finishes, including five wins,” association chairman Dave Dixon said in announcing the new medal.“He had a remarkable Comrades career that spanned 60 years, and is still the oldest person ever to finish the race.“In creating this medal, the Comrades Marathon Association salutes a man who epitomized the spirit of the race and inspired thousands of men and women to run it.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Schwartzel defends Alfred Dunhill title

first_img2 December 2013 Charl Schwartzel clinched his third victory at Leopard Creek on Sunday, capturing the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship by four shots to rocket to the top of the Race to Dubai standings. It was a back-to-back win for the South African ace in the Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned event after a dominating 12-shot victory in 2012. He won his first European Tour title at Leopard Creek golf course, situated near the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga province, in December 2004. The victory lifted Schwartzel, South Africa’s highest ranked golfer, back into the world top 20. It was his ninth win on the European Tour, with six of them coming in South Africa, half of them in the Alfred Dunhill Championship. It also earned him places in the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions, which takes place at the Durban Country Club from 9 to 12 January, and the 2014 WGC-HSBC Champions, which tees off late next year.Leopard Creek successes With four runner-up finishes to go with his three titles at Leopard Creek, Schwartzel would no doubt wish he could wrap the course up and take it with him. “This tournament has been very good to me. I’ve had lots of seconds here as well. Probably for the rest of my golfing career this will always be a special one. I don’t think that will change,” Schwartzel said after securing victory. He began the tournament terribly, however, with a double-drop on the first hole. He also bogeyed the 17th, but seven birdies gave him a first round of four-under-par 68. He didn’t drop a shot the rest of the way, adding rounds of 68, 67 and 68 for a total of 17-under-par 271.‘Pretty much flawless’ “I had that hiccup in the first round through 17 and the first hole, and after that [was] pretty much flawless with no bogeys from there on in,” Schwartzel told the European Tour website afterwards. “Most of the time if you play 60 holes or whatever it may be without bogey then hopefully you’ll win.” His final round was keyed by a superb approach at the par-three fifth, which left him with a short putt for his first birdie of the final round. England’s Richard Finch tried to chase Schwartzel down, but his challenge fell apart on the 14th where he made a double-bogey after firing the ball across the green from a bunker. It was, nonetheless, an encouraging showing from the Englishman, who claimed second on 13-under 275, ahead of his compatriots Simon Dyson and Ross Fisher, who shared third with France’s Romain Wattel on 10-under-par 278.Second South African Warren Abery tied for ninth and was the second South African on the leaderboard on seven-under 281, while English amateur Garrick Porteous showed he is ready for the professional ranks with a five-under-par total of 283, which was good for a share of 14th. Denmark’s Moren Orum Madsen, who won the South African Open at Glendower the previous week, shone with a first round seven-under-par 65, but after a 71 in the second round his challenge fell apart as he carded a 79 in the third round. He ended with a 69 to finish on four-under-par 284 and a share of 16th place. Schwartzel previously successfully defended the Joburg Open in 2010/11, which makes him one of only seven players to successfully defend two or more European Tour titles. The others include Tiger Woods, Colin Montgomerie, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Mark James.Sun City The focus next shifts to Sun City where the Nedbank Golf Challenge takes place at the Gary Player Country Club from 5 to 8 December. The tournament, now into its 32nd year, will feature a new format, with an elite 30- man field competing for a prize purse of US$6.5-million (approximately R66.2-million). LEADERBOARD Charl Schwartzel (SA) 271 (-17) 68, 68, 67, 68Richard Finch (Eng) 275 (-13) 68, 70, 67, 70Simon Dyson (Eng) 278 (-10) 72, 69, 70, 67Ross Fisher (Eng) 278 (-10) 72, 65, 72, 69Romain Wattel (Fra) 278 (-10) 70, 69, 68, 71Soren Hansen (Den) 279 (-9) 72, 65, 71, 71Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 280 (-8) 70, 72, 72, 66Simon Wakefield (Eng) 280 (-8) 74, 68, 70, 68Warren Abery (SA) 281 (-7) 73, 71, 69, 68Danny Willett (SA) (-7) 69, 70, 73, 69last_img read more

F is for Family: Keeping Families on the Front Line of their Child’s Intervention Services

first_imgBy Kimberly HileJustin with LEGO Mac by Edward Liu, Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0, Obtained 6-13-2016Families entering the “world” of early intervention or early childhood special education do so under a wide variety of circumstances. For some, this may be their first time as a parent; therefore they may have limited awareness of the supports available for their family. Others may have walked through a similar journey before and understand their role in the process. Still others may come from a place of uncertainty or even resistance to accepting the fact that their family story may follow a different path than what they initially envisioned.Regardless of where a family is coming from, every family deserves, and has a right, to be fully included and play a primary role in their child’s intervention services. In order for early childhood professionals to serve as effective partners, they need a solid understanding of how to view each family in light of their current circumstances. Professionals need the tools to meet each family “where they are” while striving to actively involve family members in the manner in which they are comfortable being engaged.On June 23, 2016, Dr. Carol Trivette from East Tennessee State University will present the second part of a linked-series of family-centered webinars.  This upcoming webinar is entitled, Engaging Families to Focus on Intervention Strategies. The session will highlight effective strategies for increasing parent engagement within their child’s intervention services. Dr. Trivette is an internationally known leader in the field when it comes to building a family’s confidence and competence. Her presentation will focus on how to accomplish this very important goal by highlighting the DEC Recommended Practices related to supporting families.Family practices encompass three themes:Family-centered practices: Practices that treat families with dignity and respect; are individualized, flexible, and responsive to each family’s unique circumstances;; provide family members complete and unbiased information to make informed decisions; and involve family members in acting on choices to strengthen child, parent, and family functioning.Family capacity-building practices: Practices that include the participatory opportunities and experiences afforded to families to strengthen existing parenting knowledge and skills and promote the development of new parenting abilities that enhance parenting self-efficacy beliefs and practices.Family and professional collaboration: Practices that build relationships between families and professionals who work together to achieve mutually agreed upon outcomes and goals that promote family competencies and support the development of the child.We will host our second Lunch & Learn (L&L) on June 29, 2016, as a follow-up to Dr. Trivette’s webinar. During the interactive L&L, you will be invited to share personal triumphs and challenges pertaining to your work with families. Meeting families “where they are” and knowing how to actively engage them is a vital piece of the puzzle within the world of early intervention and early childhood special education. We are excited to have Dr. Trivette share her knowledge on June 23 and invite you to share yours during our Lunch & Learn on June 29.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

India are the favourites, says Imran Khan

first_imgFormer Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan considers India the favourites for the 2011 World Cup due to be held in the subcontinent from February 19 to April 2, 2011.Khan, who was in the capital on Thursday with other former World Cup greats Kapil Dev, Sir Vivian Richards and Arjuna Ranatunga, said, “India are the favourites and Sri Lanka come a close second.”But he followed the statement with a word of caution for the team. “Every now and then the best team in the competition comes under pressure. And then it’s all about coping with it, especially during the knock-out stage.”Khan, who had led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 edition, cited India’s example. “India won in 1983 as they were better able to cope with the pressure than the West Indies (the other finalists).”Ranatunga, however, said Sri Lanka are the clear favourites. Explaining his point, he said, “We are one of the favourites. No doubt, India have too many cricketers to pick from, but they can panic in front of their home crowd.”The home factor is largely missing for the Sri Lankans as the three venues where Sri Lanka will be playing their homes matches during the knock-out stage are new.””In that case, I would request the crowds to stay at home,” said Kapil Dev, taking a jibe at Ranatunga.For Dev, the presence of Sachin Tendulkar in the squad was enough to scare the best of the sides away. “He is the most important cricketer in the team and he leads from the front.”advertisement”People have been saying that it is his last World Cup, but I don’t think so. I want him to carry on.”Tendulkar apart, he remained largely noncommittal. When asked to identify a trump card in the side, he said, “There are so many of them. It depends on how they perform.”  When pointed out that Harbhajan Singh was not performing as per expectations, he said, “He can come back to his peak anytime.”But, he felt that a tour just before the World Cup wasn’t the ideal situation for the team. “They (India) should not play so much cricket as there is always the possibility of sustaining an injury ahead of the tournament.”Khan, however, disagreed. “A good tour ahead of the World Cup builds the team’s confidence. As far as injuries are concerned, that can happen anytime.”Recounting his experience during the 1992 World Cup, he said, “I was training very hard ahead of the World Cup and I was very fit even though I was 39 then. But as luck would have it, I got injured during the nets just a day before the tournament was to begin.”For Richards too, India are the favourites. “There main players are not playing in this series against New Zealand and yet they are winning. This speaks volumes about their bench-strength.”And for Richards, Virender Sehwag stood out from the rest. “He is the most devastating cricketer today,” he said.On a personal front, Richards said, “West Indies players do have the talent and I am hoping and praying for them.”Khan hoped his team fares well despite the fact they are going through a bad patch. “If Shahid Afridi hits a purple patch, he can pull it off. But I am not too sure if he can pull it off, but if there is anyone who can, it has to be Afridi.”He was also clear on the fact that the team would be missing their two strike bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, who figure in the spot-fixing scandal. “I don’t know what is the status on them, but I am hoping they come clean.”last_img read more

Severe Weather Alert Continued Until 5 P.M.

first_imgStory Highlights Duty ForecasterNational Meteorological CentreNorman Manley International AirportTel: 924-8055, 116 (severe weather hotline) The Meteorological Service has continued the Severe Weather Alert for Jamaica until 5 p.m. today, as the area of low pressure over the central Caribbean, continues to influence weather conditions over Jamaica and its coastal waters.Satellite imagery and radar reports indicated that moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms have been affecting sections of central and western parishes, since this morning. These showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue today over most of the island. Flash flooding, is therefore possible, over low-lying and flood-prone areas.A decrease in the showers and thunderstorms is expected on Wednesday as the area of low pressure moves away from Jamaica.Fishers and other marine interests are urged to exercise caution as strong winds are likely in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms particularly south and west of the island.The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the situation. The Meteorological Service has continued the Severe Weather Alert for Jamaica until 5 p.m. today.center_img The area of low pressure over the central Caribbean, continues to influence weather conditions over Jamaica. Satellite imagery and radar reports indicate moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms.last_img read more