Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Bryanston High School, Gauteng, was one of the schools that competed in the Coca-Cola® 30 Minute Heroes Challenge, a competition introduced to schools participating in the Coca-Cola® T20 schools challenge and aimed at getting learners to participate in physical activity. 

Bryanston selected their top 25 athletes from grades 8 – 11 to participate.  The concept encourages as many learners as possible to complete a five drill circuit within a 30 minute period.  The scores will only be made public once all schools have completed their challenge.  The school that completes the most circuits in the allotted time frame stands a chance to win a prize of an outdoor gym to the value of two hundred thousand rand, which will be installed at the winning school.

“This is a great initiative from Coca-Cola®,” said 17 year old, grade 11 learner, Dylan Wingrove. Who captains the rugby first team, plays first team cricket and also swims.  “We had such fun and the vibe was fantastic. Personally I found the first exercise, the shuttle drill, the most difficult. I found it difficult to get the ball on the cone.  Most people found the skipping the most difficult.  At one stage there was a queue.”

Mrs Loriene Tolstrup, Head of Department, Marketing, is hoping the school wins the outdoor gym.  “We have a small gym but it is not adequate and this will help keep the learners fit and active, and they can train together.”

The Coca-Cola® 30 Minute Heroes Challenge was held on the same day as the schools fun day (Blue Day) when all students, with exception of the grade 12 learners, participate in different games including rugby, cross country, swimming, cricket and netball.  The focus is on team building and getting kids active.  “This challenge added a new dimension to the day and fitted into our objectives perfectly,” said Tolstrup.

The five drills in the Coca-Cola 30 Minute Heroes Challenge include:
1.    Shuttle runs between 6 beacons, moving a cricket ball from one   beacon to the next.
2.    Target Throwing at a set of wickets.
3.    Skipping with a skipping rope.
4.    Catching balls off a rebound board.
5.    Weaving in and out of 10 slalom poles.

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