Joshua Dike competes under the banner of Curro Aurora and is part of a group of Mountain Biking cyclists that participated in the Spur Schools Series that was suspended due to lockdown . Gauteng Schools’ Cycling established a series of Virtual Cycling Races, using the Zwist platform, to keep the cyclists active and to compete during the lockdown period. He cycled on a bicycle that worked off a smart trainer that simulated the movement of riding.
Joshua achieved the following virtual results:
- The first trial race included 23 cyclists from Gauteng South Schools and he won the 21km event in 34 minutes, 30 seconds.
- The next race was opened to include schools from all provinces in South Africa and he finished the 20km course in 2nd place out of the 60 riders in in a time of 32 minutes, 42 seconds.
- The first official race took place on Thursday, 6 August 2020 and included cyclists from across the country. He competed in the u/17 event that included 15 cyclists over a distance of 34 kilometers, and won he race!
- He participated in the SA Schools virtual race on Thursday, 13 August. The race included 43 cyclists from all the provinces. The virtual route was a 30km race on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the traditional closing stretch of the Tour de France. Joshua also won this race.
Joshua was joined by Joshua van Niekerk and competed in the MyRyde cycling event at Curro Academy Wilgeheuwel on Saturday, 24 October. The course included multi terrains, and positions were determined by the amount of laps completed in 55 minutes. Joshua Dike completed 12 laps to win the race and Joshua van Niekerk completed 8 laps to finish 3rd.
Joshua Dike is congratulated on his 2nd place in the Men’s Youth u/17 event at the 94.7 Joburg Criterium Race! It was a 40 minute plus 1 lap race that took place at Steyn City on Sunday, 15 November.
Grade 8 learner at Curro Rivonia Taneka Visser has continued to excel in karate, raking in various prizes since she began the sport in 2012.
Taneka has medalled in regional, provincial, national and international competitions and is currently ranked in the top 10 in South Africa in all disciplines. As part of Team Kata, she is ranked number one in the country by Karate South Africa (KSA) alongside teammates Erin Ford and Thea Langenhorst. She is ranked ninth in kumite and eighth in kata by KSA.
Taneka's mother Yolanda Visser explained that her daughter currently holds a brown belt in Goju-ryo karate and will be grading for her black belt next year.
Taneka received regional and provincial colours in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2012.
She represented South Africa at the Commonwealth Karate Championships in 2018 for Team Kata, Kumite and Kata, where Team Kata girls placed third.
While it has been a quiet year for Taneka as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, she has kept active by taking part in a number of online competitions.
She competed in the Ronin Cup International e-Tournament where Team Kata girls made it through to the finals but they came second to Italy by 0.3 points. She also competed in the Elite e-Kata Gauteng Championships where she placed second.
Sensei Stef Biagioni from the Fourways Martial Arts Academy said, "Her constant effort and discipline to improve in all competitions has been demonstrated. I believe Taneka will succeed in future competitions and shows great promise for all future endeavours."