About Sophie Thompson

Sophie joined the business in 2001. Sophie brings to the company a wealth of experience and expertise in particular in the sporting arena – she played springbok action cricket; has SA colours for athletics; Natal colours for athletics (club and school); hockey; softball; water-polo and outdoor and indoor cricket. Sophie has studied Sport Psychology and Computer Technology. The main accounts that she works on are the SPAR Women’s Race in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge, as well as a lot of the sailing events that take place in Durban. She was part of the successful team that worked on the PyeongChang’s 2018 Winter Olympic Bid and the World Transplant Games. In rejuvenating the Durban scene of sailing, she has also started photography to help promote the sport.

Launching The SPAR Schoolgirls’ Fast 5’s Netball Challenge

29th July, 2019|Sport|

KwaZulu-Natal Building on the highly successful hockey tournaments, SPAR KZN are proud to announce, in association with SchoolgirlSport (SGS), the exciting and brand new SPAR Schoolgirls’ Fast 5’s Netball Tournament that tips off this August. The hockey tournament that got rolling in KZN nine years ago is now a popular highlight on the national schools [...]

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Hilton Arts Festival Confronts Topical Issues

26th July, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

The Hilton Arts Festival: 13 to 15 September. Rooted in spoken word performance, The Hilton Arts Festival taking place from 13 until 15 September, is perhaps best known for its carefully curated selection of quality plays, and, true to form, offers a great line up of topical dramas this year. ‘I want you to behave [...]

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Hilton Arts Festival – A Laugh A Minute

24th July, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

This year’s Hilton Arts Festival aims to make you laugh - with a full comedy line up . For the first time at the 27-year-old event, Darren Maule will tread the boards as the host of On Fire’s hilarious improve show, Scared Scriptless. Think of TV’s Who’s Line Is It Anyway and make it FAR, [...]

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Online Entries Open Up For Maritzburg SPAR Women’s Challenge 10km/5km

23rd July, 2019|Sport|

Sunday 18 August 2019 Entries are now open for the Maritzburg SPAR Women’s Challenge 10km/5km, the City’s “most beautiful road race”, which takes place in and around Alexandra Park in the Capital, on Sunday 18 August. The popular running event is the fifth in the national Grand Prix series, which attracts both elite athletes as [...]

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Hilton Arts Festival – A Musical Feast

23rd July, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

Hilton College: 13 to 15 September. There will be music in every single venue at the Hilton Arts Festival this year taking place from 13 until 15 September. South Africans need cheering up and what better way to do this but with music. The organisers have just realised that, for the first time ever, there [...]

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Heat City Comedy Festival

22nd July, 2019|Other, Theatre|

Durban: July 30 to August 4. The third annual Heat City Comedy Festival returns to Durban venues for six days of hilariousness featuring an astonishing array of some of South Africa’s most exciting, boundary breaking and innovative comedians, from July 30 to August 4. The proudly local festival spreads its wings this year as it [...]

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St Mary’s Make It A Handful Of Victories

22nd July, 2019|Sport|

SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge Wrap up for the 99th Tournament St Mary’s DSG, Kloof: 20 & 21 July Namibian Kiana Cormack netted a cracker of a goal that earned her team, St Mary’s DSG, the title of the 2019 SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge for the fifth time in a 1 nil win against [...]

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Exhibition Opening: Resilience

18th July, 2019|Art|

Two Durban cultural icons at one address! African Art Centre @ Phansi Saturday 20 July at 11.30am The African Art Centre – which celebrates 60 years of supporting KZN artists – has moved into the beautiful Roberts House in Glenwood, home to the incredible Phansi Museum. The African Art Centre (AAC) has moved into a [...]

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Mass Movement

18th July, 2019|Music|

The Durban Chamber Choir presents Victoria / Mozart / Cockburn Pmb: Sunday 21 July @ 3pm – Hayfields Lutheran Church Dbn: Sunday 28 July @ 3pm – St Thomas Church, Musgrave The ever creative and proactive Durban Chamber Choir will be presenting two glorious mid-winter concerts over two weekends in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday 21 July [...]

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Comedy At Hilton Arts Festival

17th July, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Theatre|

Hilton College: 13 to 15 September There is a powerfully funny line up of comedy at this year’s Hilton Festival now in its 27th year taking place from 13 to 15 September. Dry White ….having recovered from his early-onset midlife crisis just in time for Cape Town to almost become the world’s first city to [...]

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Benny Bushwhacker In Human Nature

12th July, 2019|Theatre|

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 29 July – 11 Aug The inimitable Benny Bushwhacker comes to Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 29 July to 11 August. The Republic of South Africa proudly welcomes home, Benny Bushwhacker, world renowned conservationist, environmental campaigner, and the only man to have thrice walked the length of Africa barefoot. The legend returns [...]

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Interview With Amba Brown From Durban Girls’ College

12th July, 2019|Sport|

Amba Brown, who plays right half for the Durban Girls’ College First X1 Hockey team, the Durban Central Regional champs of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge is eager to get onto the astro at the Grand Finals that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. The plucky 18-year [...]

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Interview With Emily Mvune From Amanzimtoti High School

12th July, 2019|Sport|

Emily Mvune, Captain of Amanzimtoti High School’s First X1 Hockey team, is eager to lead her team, the Durban South Regional champs, onto the astro in the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. Emily is currently in Matric, [...]

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Interview With Kiana Cormack From St Mary’s DSG

12th July, 2019|Sport|

One of KZN’s leading lights in schoolgirls’ hockey, Kiana Cormack who is a midfielder and captain of St Mary’s D.S.G. First Hockey XI, and also currently plays for the Namibian Women’s Hockey team, will have the honour of leading her team, the overall defending champs of the last year’s SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge, as [...]

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Open Air Winter Sundowner Concert

12th July, 2019|Music|

Early African Intellectuals as Composers of Music Killie Campbell Library on Friday 26 July at 5.30pm The open-air winter sundowner concert of Dr Thokozani Mhlambi’s Early African Intellectuals as Composers of Music project will be held in the gardens of the Killie Campbell Library on 26 July at 5.30pm. After a successful launch hosted in [...]

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Ninth Grand Finals Approaches

12th July, 2019|Sport|

SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge Grand Finals St Mary’s DSG, Kloof: 20 and 21 July The names have been drawn out the hat for the Grand Finals of the ninth SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG in Kloof on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July. Fixtures for the upcoming [...]

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Interview With Leah Kriel From St Anne’s Diocesan College

12th July, 2019|Sport|

Leah Kriel, co-captain with Georgina Baker of the St Anne’s Diocesan College’s First X1 Hockey team, is eager to lead their team, the Pietermaritzburg North Regional champs, onto the astro in the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. [...]

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Interview With Cara Waud From Epworth School

11th July, 2019|Sport|

Cara Waud, the dynamic captain of Epworth School’s First X1 Hockey team, the Pietermaritzburg Central Regional champs of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge is eager to get onto the astro at the Grand Finals that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. The seventeen-year old live-wire, who is [...]

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Interview With Jonelle Geldenhuys From Ferrum High School

11th July, 2019|Sport|

Jonelle Geldenhuys, Captain of the Ferrum High School First X1 Hockey team, will lead her team as current Northern KZN Regional champs onto the astro in the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. The plucky 18-year old, who [...]

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Interview With Lungelo Manqele from Wartburg Kirchdorf School

11th July, 2019|Sport|

Lungelo Manqele, Captain of the Wartburg Kirchdorf School First X1 Hockey team, will lead her team as current Umvoti, uThukela and Umzinyathi Regional champs onto the astro in the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. The Grade 11 [...]

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Interview With Laiken Brisset From Crawford La Lucia

11th July, 2019|Sport|

Laiken Brisset, midfielder for the Crawford La Lucia First X1 Hockey team, the current Durban North Regional champs, is eager to get out onto the field with her teammates for the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. The [...]

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Ten Teams Head To Grand Finals

11th July, 2019|Sport|

SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge Ten Teams St Mary’s DSG, Kloof: 20 and 21 July The ten regionals for the 9th SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge wrapped up recently, and in their wake, the exciting line-up for the Grand Finals has been revealed, with the top teams taking to the St Mary’s DSG astro on [...]

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MSC Week Wraps Up

10th July, 2019|Sport|

The annual MSC Week hosted by the Point Yacht Club concluded recently having had four competitive days of sailing offshore in typical Durban winter fashion. Taking honours in the ORC Division, Durban's Siyanda Vato skippering CFM produced the goods in a competitive Durban fleet. Vato was chased by Gregg Hurter on Belatrix in second and [...]

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Namibian Smashes Durban Record In 30th SPAR Women’s Challenge

23rd June, 2019|Sport|

NAMIBIAN Helalia Johannes (Nedbank International) ran an incredible race in Durban today to win the SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge in 30 minutes 59 seconds (30:59), the fastest time over this distance ever recorded in Africa. In doing so she also smashed the Namibian record for the third time in a matter of two months leaving [...]

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Point Yacht Club’s MSC Week

21st June, 2019|Sport|

Offshore Durban: 1 – 5 July Eager sailors will be following this year’s MSC Week’s slogan of Live, Love, Sail to the letter as they take to the water offshore of Durban from 1 – 5 July, hosted by Point Yacht Club. The week long regatta will have the aquatic athletes competing in a variety [...]

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