South African Open

今年、南アフリカで開催される FIFA World Cup の安全性などがニュースで話題に上っていますが、その前にインラインの South African Open Championships も行われるようです。絶対に日ロ連は選手を派遣しないような危険なところですが、Wouter Hebbrecht さんと Scott Arlidge さんは現地に行くそうです。

South African Open

by Wouter Hebbrecht (Mar. 10, 2010)
Upcoming event:

From March 18th till the 21st I will be competing in South Africa racing the South African Open Championships. Its my first time heading down to South Africa so I am pretty excited about this event! It will for sure be a great experience and a nice way to open up the 2010 racing schedule.
They are expecting a bunch of foreign skaters so I will make a little report for you every single day. Keep posted for more!
Skating With Wouter Hebbrecht: South African Open

South African Open Speed Skating Championships

By Scott Arlidge (Mar. 11, 2010)
Next week I leave for South Africa. During my time down there I am going to do mini-blog of my experiences. I am very excited to be making the trip down there. It will be my first time down to Africa, and when the oppotunity came up, I could not resist. Plus the chance to get some early time in the sun will not be missed.

South AfricanI am racing the South African Open Speed Skating Championships. Racing starts on the 19th, and go through to the 21st. The racing is based around the MANDELA VILLAGE. It really is an open championship because, I am a kiwi and I am allowed to race, but also skaters from Italy, Belgium, Hong Kong, France, Germany and USA are coming to race too.

The first two days of racing is on a 400m road circut, then the last day is some long distance racing on the open roads.

Getting serious though, what I am most looking forward to is seeing a new side of skating. I mean I have been to many many countries now, I have seen and experienced many things, but I imagine this will be a unique oppotunity. When people think of inline speed skating they think of Colombia, Korea, or Italy, and I am sure that South Africa is a little down the list. What I am hoping to do is show everyone what the scene is like down there. As I said I have not been down to that part of the world yet, but from the small snap shot of the South African skaters I have seen at the World Championships I challenge anyone to match their energy and motivation for this sport.

I am not the only Powerslide/Matter skater making the trip. I will be there with Nathalie Barbotin and Sabine Berg.
Powerslide Racing News: South African Open Speed Skating Championships

South African Open Speed Roller Skating Championship







19- 21 March 2010 - Mandela Village, Hammanskraal

(Nov. 26, 2009)
Roller Sport South AfricaRoller Sport South Africa is proud to announce the 2010 South African Open Speed Roller Skating Championship. With financial assistance from the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund we are in the position host this exciting event. The 33rd annual South African Championships, open to international participation, will take place in Mandela village, Hammanskraal 19 to 21March 2010.

South Africa's best skaters will face tough competition from world medal winners who have already confirmed their participation in the event. Local teams from Eastern Cape, Central Gauteng, North West, Northern Gauteng, southern Gauteng, and Western Cape will battle it out to become South African champions.

The championship will be 2 days of racing on the 400m road circuit followed by a 3rd day of long distance racing on the roads of Hammanskraal.

Beginner skaters will compete in the beginner under 13, under 15 and over 15 sections - these sections will be for South African skaters only and as RSSA rules stipulate, a skater may only skate on the RSSA beginner skates and may only compete in this section for 1 year.

More advanced skaters will participate in the under 13, under 15, under 17 and over 17 age groups and top skaters will compete in the junior and senior sections. Sections and races may be changed depending on the amount of entries received.
World Inline Coach: South African Open Speed Roller Skating Championship 2010
Roller Sport South Africa: http://www.rollersportsa.co.za/ and Facebook and SA OPEN 2010

Scott Arlidge in South Africa - Day 1

By Scott Arlidge (Mar. 17, 2010)
So I arrived into south Africa yesterday. I landed in Johanesburg and then it was about an hours drive to the hotel, not just any hotel but a resort inside a game reserve. That's not 'games' like playstation, but big game; lions, elephants the works. The hotel has a slogan, "Africa Alive" and that couldn't be more true. Our rooms actually have grass roofs, but the rooms are far from roughing it.

After we got settled in we headed down to a local skating clubs training. It was something I will never forget. The smiles on those kid's faces were as broad as their range of skates. There were no iPods, they didn't care if their skinsuit didn't match there jacket, they didn't even care if the wheels on their skates were the same colours. All they cared about was skating. I would need to go a long way to find a more happy and committed group of skaters. It really put everything in perspective when I fixed a girl's skate and she had worn down the wheels so much that there was no urathane left! It really put things in perspective how lucky most children are, myself included. The only thing that stopped the was darkness.

The night was wrapped up by a visit from a snake. Now comming from NZ where there isn't anything like that it's always a shock to see one. Thankfully it was pretty small and the park ranger had everything under control.

Day 2 has a pretty similar format. Although in the evening the skaters have been invited to a presentation at the town hall. More about that later.
Powerslide Racing News: Scott Arlidge in South Africa - Day 1

Scott Arlidge in South Africa - Day 2 & 3

By Scott Arlidge (Mar. 19, 2010)
My last two days here have been pretty full on. Yesterday and today followed similar patterns. However today was a special because we did a tour of Mandela Village. It's only a couple of kilometers from where the skaters are staying. It was quite an eye opening experience for me, because I'd never seen something like this before.

We've skated both days around a similar time in the afternoon, and each day we have been here there have been more and more skaters arriving, and more and more spectators watching.

One thing I have noticed is the improving level if the South African skaters. I believe their results at World Championships aren't a reflection if their abilities. As I said yesterday everyone here is very motivated, and with the right direction then anything is possible.

All the skaters are now staying in the same complex. It's really cool to all eat together. Today the Kenyan team arrived. I was speaking to some of their skaters and it's the first time that most if the team has been out of Kenya.

Tomorrow the racing starts at 9am. They are planning to have the racing finished each day by early afternoon because it just becomes too hot later in the day. On the programme tomorrow is: 200m TT, 500m, and 10,000m
Powerslide Racing News: Scott Arlidge in South Africa - Day 2 & 3

Sabine Berg wins the 200m TT at the South African open champs

200m TT podium


3rd Nathalie Barbotin Audoire : 1st Sabine Berg : 2nd Sara Sayasane

Sabine Berg makes it 3 from 3. She just won the 5,000m. Her PS team mate Nathalie Barbotin finished second.

Nathalie and Sabine just 1st and 2nd in the womens road race.

Scott Arlidge just won the elimination race down in South Africa.

Scott Arlidge just won the points race in SA.

Scott Arlidge just won the senior men's marathon. Mario Valencia won the junior men's. They finished together in a breakaway.

Scott, Sabine, & Natalie are all flying back to Europe tonight. South Africa has been great, check out the PS homepage for a report soon. However it really reminded us why "we love to skate"

South African Open Championships

by Wouter Hebbrecht (Mar. 24, 2010)
Racing days:
To kick the competition off we started with a 200m. The very first one of my season. The road circuit was pretty good and i skated a 16.72 that was good enough for first. We had little time to relax since the 1k heats were up next. I made it through to the final and also won this distance. The next event was a 10km elimination race in which I finished 3rd. The second day of road racing had a 500m sprint and a 5k points race on the program. I won the 500m and sat out on the point race (not really my cup of tea). The final race on the road was a mixed relay where ladies and men, foreigners or Africans joined each other in teams of 3. We made it so the South African skaters would finish the race and spark the interest of the crowd.


The final day of racing had the marathon in store for us. A 42k race in very hot and hard conditions. I didn't know if I could finish a marathon since I haven't for a very long time but I did not want to give in for 2 reasons: to show my negative thoughts that I can finish a marathon and to show the South African skaters that even though you may not always have the right conditions (or be in the right condition) you can still finish things the way you want to! I finished the marathon in 3rd. That made me win the overall ranking for all 3 racing days as well...since I became a sprinter I can not remember the meet where I won the overall ranking....

Skating With Wouter Hebbrecht: South African Open Championships


http://www.rollersportsa.co.za/
200m Open ladies TT Final
  1. Sabine Berg (GER) PS 18.923 J 21.64
  2. Sara Sayasane (USA) SCH 19.753
  3. Nathalie Barbotin Audoire (FRA) 20.462
  4. Tumelo Moteme (NG) 20.817 New Record
  5. Kedibone Legote (NG) 22.411
  6. Duduzile Tshabalala (NW-DHRSC) 22.454
  7. Njeri Waidhima ( ) 24.224
200m Junior Men TT Final
  1. Luca Perticaro (IT) 17.643
  2. Mario Valencia (USA) 17.891
  3. Tshepo Modikwe (NG) 18.020 New Record
  4. Matteo Melis (IT) 18.044
  5. Koketso Sethusha (NG) 18.290
  6. Ubakeng Boikanyo (NG) 18.551
  7. Maurice Castelnuovo (IT) 19.013
  8. Koketso Makhudu (NG) 19.202
  9. Siseko Tapile (WP) 19.341
  10. Sandile Peyi (EC) 19.446
  11. Melikhaya Dlambulo (WP) 19.728
  12. Alfred Letsie (EC) 20.011
  13. Ayavela Zimelele (WP) 20.273
  14. Lindokuhle Khongwana (EC) 20.733
  15. Vusikaya Stali (EC) 21.135
  16. Luzuko Lamani (EC) 21.861
200m Senior Men TT Final
  1. Wouter Hebbrech (BEL) SCH 16.761
  2. Lorenzo Cassioli (CAR) INL 17.284
  3. Niels Provoorts (Belguim) 17.353
  4. Marlon Avontuur (WP) 17.401 New Record
  5. Tim Mitchell (NG) 17.412
  6. Cisco Avontuur (WP) 17.709
  7. Scott Arlidge (NZ) PS 17.801
  8. Brian Baloyi (NG) 17.949
  9. Phemelo Mojolwane (NG) 18.142
  10. Doon Yuen Ka Hei (GB) 18.229
  11. Karabo Molepo (NG) 18.376
  12. Shaun Nel (EC) 19.026
  13. Carlos Scalera (PAT) FRAS 19.038
  14. Michele Cicognani (BON) FINI 19.214
  15. Jack Njoro (NG) 19.260
  16. Christopher Motsepe (NG) 19.386
  17. Gaywon Jones (WP) 19.513
  18. Gontse Rankhumise (NG) 19.549
  19. Mncedisi Pesi (EC) 20.188
  20. Reagan Prins (WP) 20.275
  21. Richard Bett (Kenya) 20.479
  22. Wah Yau ChunCS (HK) 20.544
  23. Luthando Mali (EC) 20.719
  24. Peter Karuma (Kenya) 21.181
  25. Kirui Nicholas Kipyego (Kenya) 21.416
500m Open ladies Final
  1. Sara Sayasane (USA) SCH 45.783
  2. Sabine Berg (GER) PS 45.808
  3. Nathalie Barbotin Audoire (FRA) 48.081
    Tumelo Moteme (NG) 49.557 New Recod
    Kedibone Legote (NG)
    Duduzile Tshabalala (NW-DHRSC)
    Njeri Waidhima ( )
500m Junior Men Final
  1. Mario Valencia (USA) 41.867
  2. Matteo Melis (IT) 42.036
  3. Luca Perticaro (IT) 42.817
  4. Maurice Castelnuovo (IT) 48.215
    Tshepo Modikwe (NG) 43.667
    Ubakeng Boikanyo (NG) 43.758
    Koketso Makhudu (NG) 44.603
    Koketso Sethusha (NG) 46.391
    Alfred Letsie (EC) 47.889
    Ayavela Zimelele (WP) 50.076
    Sandile Peyi (EC) 01:29.350
    Siseko Tapile (WP) 19.341
    Melikhaya Dlambulo (WP)
    Lindokuhle Khongwana (EC)
    Vusikaya Stali (EC)
    Luzuko Lamani (EC)
500m Senior Men Final
  1. Wouter Hebbrech (BEL) SCH 41.245
  2. Niels Provoorts (Belguim) 41.385
  3. Lorenzo Cassioli (CAR) INL 41.816
  4. Scott Arlidge (NZ) PS 42.157
    Tim Mitchell (NG) 42.28
    Brian Baloyi (NG) 42.576
    Marlon Avontuur (WP) 42.909
    Phemelo Mojolwane (NG) 43.347
    Karabo Molepo (NG) 43.809
    Michele Cicognani (BON) FINI 44.112
    Cisco Avontuur (WP) 44.428
    Jack Njoro (NG) 45.101
    Christopher Motsepe (NG) 45.575
    Gaywon Jones (WP) 48.035
    Peter Karuma (Kenya) 49.53
    Doon Yuen Ka Hei (GB)
    Shaun Nel (EC)
    Carlos Scalera (PAT) FRAS
    Gontse Rankhumise (NG)
    Mncedisi Pesi (EC)
    Reagan Prins (WP)
    Richard Bett (Kenya)
    Wah Yau ChunCS (HK)
    Luthando Mali (EC)
    Kirui Nicholas Kipyego (Kenya)

Open Women 1000m


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkxXEHd72ig

Senior Men 1000m


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeOaruxHl54
1000m Open Ladies Final
  1. Sabine Berg (GER) PS 01:41.019
  2. Sara Sayasane (USA) SCH 01:41.120
  3. Nathalie Barbotin Audoire (FRA) 01:41.123
  4. Tumelo Moteme (NG) 01:44.835
  5. Kedibone Legote (NG) 01:53.110
  6. Njeri Waidhima ( ) 01:54.307
  7. Duduzile Tshabalala (NW-DHRSC) 01:57.643
1000m Junior Men Final
  1. Mario Valencia (USA) 01:26.454
  2. Matteo Melis (IT) 01:26.558
  3. Luca Perticaro (IT) 01:26.755
  4. Maurice Castelnuovo (IT) 01:26.939
  5. Tshepo Modikwe (NG) 01:27.116 New record
  6. Koketso Sethusha (NG) 01:27.279
  7. Sandile Peyi (EC) 01:29.350
    Ubakeng Boikanyo (NG)
    Koketso Makhudu (NG)
    Siseko Tapile (WP) 19.341
    Melikhaya Dlambulo (WP)
    Alfred Letsie (EC)
    Ayavela Zimelele (WP)
    Lindokuhle Khongwana (EC)
    Vusikaya Stali (EC)
    Luzuko Lamani (EC)
1000m Senior Men Final
  1. Wouter Hebbrech (BEL) SCH 01:23.363
  2. Lorenzo Cassioli (CAR) INL 01:23.377
  3. Scott Arlidge (NZ) PS 01:23.604
  4. Niels Provoorts (Belguim) 01:26.607
  5. Brian Baloyi (NG) 01:27.027 New Record
  6. Karabo Molepo (NG) 01:27.037
  7. Michele Cicognani (BON) FINI 01:34.320
    Marlon Avontuur (WP)
    Tim Mitchell (NG)
    Cisco Avontuur (WP)
    Phemelo Mojolwane (NG)
    Doon Yuen Ka Hei (GB)
    Shaun Nel (EC)
    Carlos Scalera (PAT) FRAS
    Jack Njoro (NG)
    Christopher Motsepe (NG)
    Gaywon Jones (WP)
    Gontse Rankhumise (NG)
    Mncedisi Pesi (EC)
    Reagan Prins (WP)
    Richard Bett (Kenya)
    Wah Yau ChunCS (HK)
    Luthando Mali (EC)
    Peter Karuma (Kenya)
    Kirui Nicholas Kipyego (Kenya)

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