White River socks a big punch when it comes to sports and activities both here and roundabouts. Blessed with an abundance of bush and wildlife activities, the active family will also be kept very busy playing an enormous variety of sports ranging from darts and pool in the pub to some pretty extreme cycling via a hike or a game of golf. A chain of four dams means that angling, boating, yachting and canoeing are popular in summer and if aviation is your thing, White River boasts a landing strip alongside a clutch of popular restaurants, giving a new meaning to “dropping in” for breakfast or lunch. We dare you to NOT find anything you fancy doing here!

ACTIVE GROUPS IN WHITE RIVER

BOATING

Lowveld Angling & Boat Association
labbass@mweb.co.za

BOWLING CLUB

White River Bowls Club
http://wearewhiteriver.com/white-river-bowls-club/
Lynn Nicholas 082 504 2118

CANOE

Lowveld Canoe Club
http://www.lowveldcanoe.co.za
Craig Lewis:
chairman@lowveldcanoe.co.za

CYCLING

E’Zee Riders
Joy Gulle – 083 294 3334

Map My Ride App
http://www.mapmyride.com/za/white-river-mpumalanga/

FISHING

Wittus Angling Store
Andre Whitfield – 084 816 5497

GOLF

White River Country Club
http://www.whiterivercountryclub.co.za
manager@whiterivercountryclub.co.za

Pine Lake Inn Golf Course
Tel: (013) 751 5036

HOCKEY

White River Country Club
http://www.whiterivercountryclub.co.za
manager@whiterivercountryclub.co.za

HORSE RIDING

Nottinghill Equestrian Estate
http://www.nottinghillequestrian.co.za
kraai.nottinghill@gmail.com

KICKBOXING

White River Kickboxing
wrkickboxing@gmail.com

KARATE

Shoto-robics and Karate Centre
Piet Venter 083 629 4475

RUGBY

White River Rugby Club
Bennie Pringle 084 505 2911

RUNNING

Legogote Villagers
http://www.legogotevillagers.co.za
Jurgen Halbich ph: 083 290 0678

SNOOKER/POOL

Bahati Amakiti – Bar
082 449 8999

SQUASH

White River Country Club
manager@whiterivercountryclub.co.za
White River Squash Club
White River Municipal Complex
Bruce Norris – 013 751 3781

SWIMMING

Guppies Swimming Academy
Nelia on 082-600-3666 or Mareli on 073-171-8850

WRWR Articles on Actives

Lunchtime Speed Workouts

There is good news for us normal people with acceptable circadian rhythms that peak in the afternoon, who press the snooze button and refuse to emerge from under the duvet to get active, or slump on the couch because hitting the gym after work is too exhausting. A lunchtime speed workout is actually more beneficial to our bodies because our muscles are warmer as a result of a higher body temperature at this time of day (less risk of injury and a greater range of motion) and, according to research the best time to do weights is around midday – the strength output of muscles is at least 5% higher at this time.

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Walking White River

The real heartrate push is a late afternoon suburban walk with a friend. We klap almost 5kms at a brisk pace and must be getting fitter because we can now talk throughout the entire circuit, a feat impossible at the beginning. Those hills!

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Training Edge

There is something for everyone at the Training Edge – with dedicated space for services such as circuit, aerobics, spinning, free weight- and cardio-areas, as well as a functional training area in the gym. Classes offered in their studios include Tae-Bo, Yoga and Pilates

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Pilates@Casterbridge

Pilates@Casterbridge offers broad based Pilates, ranging from rehabilitation to advanced athletic conditioning. They have the full spectrum of Pilates equipment, specially designed for rehabilitation after spinal surgery, knee replacements, hip replacements and other orthopaedic surgeries from shoulder to foot.

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Witrivier Rugbyklub / White River Rugby Club

The most exciting news of all is the cheerful, family orientated nature of the Club’s home games. Folk arrive on Saturday afternoons (keep an eye on We Are White River’s Events Calendar to find out when these are) with their braais and coolerboxes and park their bakkies around the field. As the first half gets underway, the tummy-rumbling aroma of sizzling boerie wafts over the stadium. Kids range free, ouma and oupa enjoy the outing and the sideline experts shout themselves hoarse. When the final whistle blows, the kids flood the field to play a mini game of their own and spectators repair to the Clubhouse to continue the party.

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Uplands Festival

For three days, people gather to watch sport ranging from rugby, hockey and netball to horse riding. Market stalls selling a vast array of products to eat, drink, wear, read, look at, smear onto our bodies do a bustling trade. A secure playground for the little ones means that parents can enjoy the Festival for a bit, knowing Junior is having a ball on the slide and jumping castle, under watchful eyes.

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Rhythm Image Dance Studio

Currently Rhythm Image has studios in Nelspruit, White River (Casterbridge, Uplands Prep & College) and Hazyview and cover all 26 styles of dance at each studio. The most popular styles are the solo styles such as Energy, Bhangra, Slow Style, Hip Hop, Cha Cha, Samba, Paso Doble, Jive, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet and Spanish.

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Golf in White River – Steve Cullen

Steve Cullen and his wife Laura moved to the White River Country Estate in January 2008 with their daughters Victoria and Jamie-Lee. They fell in love with the lifestyle, saying it’s a wonderful and natural environment in which to raise their family.

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Hiking to Legogote – By Eksteen Jacobsz

The path is well trodden and easy to follow. It winds through two forests and after forty five minutes of hard hiking we reached the last section before the summit. There are two tricky rock scrambles before you reach the top. A 360 degree view of the Lowveld greets you once at the top. The summit marker was infested with gnats and we only spent a short while there before moving down to the bottom tier.

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Hiking in Mpumalanga

There are plenty of walks and trails in the vicinity of White River to suit all levels of ability and fitness, so pack your sensible shoes, hat, sunscreen and bottle of water and get cracking.

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Roger Mortlock – ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, Cozumel, Mexico

This September, one lucky local fish (or should we call him a lizard? What animal can swim, cycle and run?) named Roger Mortlock will be travelling to Cozumel to race in the grand final of the World Triathlon Championship. This championship is split up into a week’s worth of events, where Roger will be participating on the last day in the Age Group Standard, just before the world’s elite athletes compete.

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vaughan lascelles white river

Vaughan Lascelles – White River’s Forrest Gump

Covering 330 kilometers in less than 150 hours, climbing and then descending 24000 metres, wearing both heavy fleece and waterproof jackets and gloves, at times having to fit crampons to your running shoes and running the entire journey while clutching trek poles – that’s the terrifying Tor des Géants (Tour of Giants) endurance race held annually in Italy’s Aosta Valley.

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White River Loves Cycling!

We Are…..the hub of cycling in the Slowveld. For years now people and their trusty bikes have been flocking to our region for various road and mountain bike challenges. The list is huge, which is not surprising given the easy access to a range of beautiful and varied riding.

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Cape Cycle Tour – The beauty and burns

The stunning scenery and perfect weather helped deal with burning muscles and the longing for a large cold one. (Actually the knowledge that there was a large cold one waiting at the finish, care of some White Riverians of course, kept one going at a steady pace.)

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Climbing Legogote – White River

Charlotte Senini Mortlock climbs Legogote Mountain in White River, Mpumalanga, South Africa – and describes the hike and why all locals should be doing it.

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Triathlons

Recent Triathlons – Ironman 70.3 in Durban, Longmere Offroad and Bilene Mozambique Triathlon.

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Sasol Rally 2015

The Sasol Rally, is an international rally racing event organised by the South African Motorsport Club based in the Mpumalanga Province in South Africa. The event is a round of the African Rally Championship and the South African Rally Championship.

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Peddling the Plantations

Joy cycles about three times a week, but the wistful look on her face reveals her desperate wish for more time to spend in the saddle.

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