The mission of the Western Province Race Walking Commitee (WPARWC) is to:
The WPARWC caters for the development of race walking and listens to feedback given by walkers. Decisions taken will be for the overall benefit of Race Walking and athletics as a whole. Branching out to the community and developing talent will ensure future stars and ambassadors for the sport and province. With the ultimate dream of having a WPA walker in the Olympic Games, it is important to support walkers at all levels (school, club and provincial level with up-to-date coaching and race walk judging)
Race Walking differs from running in that the athlete is required to familiarise themselves with correct race walking technique in order to maintain contact with the ground whilst trying to move forward as fast as possible. The technique of the athlete is therefore of paramount importance and is governed by Rule 230 of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) rule 230 and defined as:
“Race walking is a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground so that no visible (to the human eye) loss of contact occurs. The advancing leg shall be straightened (i.e. not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until in the vertical upright position.”
Athletes are scrutinised during an event by a team of judges. The aim of the judges is to get as many athletes to the finish line ensuring that they are complying with the rules of race walking. A judge will issue a caution to an athlete by way of showing them a yellow paddle if the judge has concerns about an athlete’s mode of progression, where they feel the athlete is in danger of breaking one of the two rules mentioned above. The yellow paddle will bear a symbol either > (for bent knee) or ~ (for loss of contact) and this will inform the athlete which element of the rule they are in danger of contravening. The judicial use of these cautions is how a judge may legally assist an athlete in getting to the finish line.
When a judge sees an athlete obviously not complying with either aspect of Rule 230 then the judge will issue a Red Card against the athlete, this is a notice for disqualification. The Red Card should be delivered to the Chief Judge immediately. When the Chief Judge receives three red cards from three different judges all for the same athlete then that athlete shall be disqualified from the race by the Chief Judge showing them a red paddle. Only the chief judge can disqualify an athlete.
A judge should wherever possible show a yellow caution paddle to an athlete prior to issuing a Red Card. In competitions held under IAAF rule 1.1 a, b, c, d and f the Chief Judge has the power to disqualify an athlete in the last 100m of the race when their mode of progression obviously fails to comply with Rule 230.1 regardless of the number of Red Cards that athlete has received. An athlete disqualified under these circumstances shall be allowed to finish the race.
Foot Action: A strong heel-toe action with the driving foot (rear) and front foot acting in a straight line with full extension and flexing of the ankle joints.
Leg Action: By ensuring heel contact with the ground, smooth, rhythmic strides with continuous contact ensure a straight supporting leg in the vertical position. A strong rear leg drive is needed.
Hip Action: As an extension of the leg, a smooth forward movement with as little vertical and lateral movement as is necessary.
Arm Action: Elbows bent at 90 degrees relaxed at the shoulders with a natural swing, without crossing the mid-line in front of the trunk, and a strong drive with the elbow high behind the trunk.
Trunk Position: Trunk kept upright and relaxed with a slight forward lean from the ankles as the rear leg drives the body forward.
Race Walking: An Olympic Sport
Race Walking has been part of the Olympic Games since 1908 and features in World Championships at various levels, European Championships, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, All Africa Games and other international, continental and local track and field meetings. Nicolene Cronje made South African history as the second ever Race Walker to be sent to the London Olympic Games in 2012, since George Hazel who represented South Africa in the 20km and 50km race walking events at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. Marc competed in the 50km race walk and bettered his own SA record in a time of 3hr55min32sec.
The WPARWC encourages clubs to start development groups for walking in their clubs and also to ensure that walking is a discipline offered to all members alongside road running, cross country and Track & Field.
The WPARWC will offer its services to assist clubs to get their own development squads started and will also identify areas in which they wish to partner with clubs to start such groups.
The WPARWC has successfully implemented a development group in Masiphumelele which has been running successfully for the past few years. The WPARWC will also be hosting some training programs and clinics during the year.
The WPARWC has a full list of walking races that can be displayed on your club notice board and website.
A DVD to promote Race Walking in the Western Province is also available from the WPARWC secretary at a small cost.
Race Walking is a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground, so that no visible (to the human eye) loss of contact occurs. The advancing leg shall be straightened (i.e. not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until the vertical upright position.
WPA Race Walking Grand Prix 1 – 27 Feb 2021
WPA Race Walking Grand Prix 3 – 21 Aug 2021 – TBC
WPA Race Walking Grand Prix 4 – 18 Sep 2021 – TBC
2019 WPA Interclub’s & Race Walking Grand Prix 4 + WPA Championship – 7 Sep
WPA Race Walking Grand Prix 01 – 16 January 2016
WPA Race Walking Grand Prix 02 – 25 June 2016
WPA Race Walking Grand Prix 03 – 06 August 2016
WPA Race Walking Grand Prix 04 – 03 September 2016
IAAF Race Walking Rules – enforced from 1 Nov 2015
SA Race Walking Championship Results – 10 October 2015
Walking League 2015-Club Total as on 01 July 2015
Walking League 2015-Female Total as on 01 July 2015
Walking League 2015-Male Total as on 01 July 2015
WPA Race Walking Grand Prix -01 August 2015
WPA Race Walking Grand Prix -05 September 2015
WPA Race Walking Grand Prix 1 – 17 January 2015
WPA Race Walking Grand Prix – 27 June 2015
Race Walking Fixtures 2015
WPA Walking League – Final Results 2014