BATTLE OF THE SPORTS Challenge 2021
MEN’S Rugby | MEN’S Cricket & WOMEN’S NETBALL | WOMEN’S SOCCER
UNSUPPORTED and unassisted
Days Per Trek
RACE of a lifetime
The BrightRock Battle of the Sports event is a race between different sports codes with teams of four participants each, over a 200km route, where the participants have to carry all their food, water, clothing and provisions on a cart, unassisted and unaided, to see which sport produces the toughest athletes who can do the route in the quickest time.
It is a made for TV event to be held this year along and on the Orange River, starting and finishing at the Augrabies Falls and National Park in the Northern Cape. It will be held in a remote, fairly flat and extremely beautiful venue which allows the participants to compete without any spectators or members of the public being involved at all. They are all completely alone in this extremely challenging environment. The route includes three sections pulling the cart over land for a total of 164km’s and paddling on the Orange River in two sections, totalling 36km’s.
The four sports are Cricket, Football, Netball and Rugby, which all have among the biggest audiences on TV and the largest supporter fan bases on social media. In order to create additional interest in the event this year, we will stage two events on separate weekends, two weeks apart, with two men’s teams competing against each other for the Men’s Trophy in the one event, and two women’s teams competing against each other to win the Women’s Trophy on the second event. The fastest team overall will be declared the winners of the BrightRock Battle of the Sports 2021.
The four Team Captains from each sport will be announced at the Event Launch on the 11th August 2021. Each Captain will select the other three team members to participate with them in their teams and in the event. These additional team members will be revealed to the public by their Captains in the days after the Event Launch.
Rugby | Running | soccer | & Cricket Team
#TeamRugby: John Smit, Schalk Brits, Hanyani Shimange and Butch James first to take on the 200km challenge around the Verneukpan, Northern Cape and aim to settle a solid defendable time against the three teams to follow
50th captain of the Springboks / Played a record 46 consecutive games for SA / At retirement, most capped South African player/ At retirement, most capped captain
Played in 2015 & 2019 Rugby World Cup squads / 15 Tests for the Springboks between 2008 – 2019 / 216 games for Saracens between 2006 – 2018
Springboks debut in 2004 / 9 tests for the Springboks / Played for the Sharks, Free State Cheetahs and Western Province in the Currie Cup
Andrew David “Butch” James is a former South African union rugby player who represented South Africa 40 times and was a member of the team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
#TeamRunning: Bongmusa Mthembu, Jenna Challenor, David Gatebe and Bruce Fordyce aim to set a record breaking 200km pulling a cart, in order to inspire millions to raise money for Covid care and critical treatment.
Broke down-run record at the 2016 Comrades Marathon/ Won 2016 Comrades Marathon / 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon
3-time Comrades Marathon winner / Two Oceans Marathon winner / 2nd and 3rd at the IAU 100km World Championships
2 x Two Oceans Gold Medalist/ Represented SA in 2014 & 2017 IAAF/ 2019 Comrades Gold Medalist
Bruce Noel Stevenson Fordyce (Born 3 December 1955 in Hong Kong) in a South Africa marathon and ultra-marathon runner athlete.
#TeamSoccer: Siyabonga Nomvethe, Matthew Booth, Teko Modise, Neil Tovey take on the 200km challenge to raise funds for vulnerable populations and defend soccer’s honour in the BrightRock #BattleoftheSports.
Represented SA in 81 games / Played in 2 Soccer World Cups / Highest all-time goal scorer in PSL
Played 28 matched for Bafana Bafana including the 2010 World Cup / Captained the SA U23 Team at the 2000 Olympics / Played for Cape Town Spurs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Ajax Cape Town
66 appearances for South Africa / Represented SA at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations / 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup / 2010 FIFA World Cup tournaments
Neil Robert Tovey (born 2 July 1962) is a South African football coach and former player, and brother of former footballer Mark Tovey.
#TeamCricket: Makhaya Ntini, Lance Klusener, Monde Zondeki and Jonty Rhodes are competing for the BrightRock #BattleoftheSports glory to prove that cricket has what it takes to finish this grueling race and to raise funds in support of Covid relief.
Third South African bowler to take 300 test wickets / Second place in the ICC Test match bowling ratings / First South African to take 10 wickets at Lord’s
1999 World Cup – Man of the Tournament / Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2000 / One of the best & most feared allrounders in world OD
Leading wicket-taker in the 2007–08 South African season / Played five Tests and seven ODI’s for South Africa / Played three One Day Internationals for the African X
Jonathan Neil Rhodes (Jonty) is a South Africa cricket commentator and former Test and One Day International cricketer.
Erik Vermeulen, adventurer, explorer, endurance athlete and BrightRock Battle of the Sports expedition leader, has summited and guided teams to some of the world’s highest mountains, including Aconcagua (6965m), the second highest of the 7 summits.
He pioneered, the Munga Trail, a 400km trail run that is featured by Runners World International as one of the toughest races on the planet.