The Adventure Challenge for Schools is the premier high schools adventure week in SADC. Teams from all over SADC joined us for an exciting 5 day challenge, pushing themselves way beyond the ordinary!!
Adventure Challenge for Schools™ 2013 (AC4S) : 4 – 8 December 2013
From 4 to 8 December 2013, the College once again hosted the annual Adventure Race for Schools. The event consisted of many disciplines which included rafting, mountain biking, trail running, swimming, kloofing, obstacles, first aid and structure building, to name a few. Teams from Zimbabwe, Zambia, and South Africa went head to head in the gruelling, wet conditions, and covered a total of 180km throughout the race.
Stanford’s Team Tshanduko finished 4th overall; a very good result despite Kirsten Eastes having to withdraw after suffering concussion. Unfortunately, Team Ubuntu withdrew from the race after experiencing medical issues during the Grand Challenge. Congratulations to Team Vuurvreters from Helpmekaar for winning the Challenge. Well done to all teams and seconds, and a huge thank you to all staff, parents, and sponsors who helped to make the event possible.
National SA Schools 120 Adventure Race
The National SA School’s 120 is an excellent event held in a difference province each year. Although it is not compulsory as a prequalifier for the AC4S it is highly recommended. Over the years we have seen that teams who participate and finish the SA Schools 120 have a huge advantage over teams who are not so well prepared. Please check out www.ar.co.za for more details as to up and coming adventure races.
“UBUNTU” ADVENTURE RACE AT SA CHAMPS – Race Report 2013
From the 22nd – 24th September, Stanford’s Team “Ubuntu” travelled to the Inkwenkwezi in the Eastern Cape, to take part in the South African National Schools Adventure Racing Championships. The team consisted of Benno Prinsloo, Lachlan Truesdale, David Morris and team captain Abigail Joubert. All four team members are still regarded as junior racers (3 U/15’s and 1 U/16); however, they entered and competed at the national U/19 level.
43 teams from schools around the country entered the race, all keen to prove their abilities at national level. The race was just over 60km through some rough Eastern Cape terrain (including the beach!) and proved to be a real test of endurance and character.
Despite the tough competition and conditions, as well as being the youngest team in the U/19 age category, Team Ubuntu finished a very respectable 8th overall. This proved to be a great learning experience for the youngsters, proving that Ubuntu will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the future! Mr Steven Willson