UPBF Paintball World Championships 2019

The South African National Paintball Association (SANPA) will be sending their SA national representative teams to Amsterdam in the coming week for the United Paintball Federation (UPBF) Paintball World Championships.

Over the weekend of 26-29 September we will have national representative teams from South Africa in the Women’s 5-player, Women’s 3-player, U16, U19 and Veterans categories. This will be the first year we will have a Women’s 5-player, U16 and Veterans team represented at the UPBF Paintball World Championships.

The UPBF Paintball World Championships 2019 is also the largest event to date with 56 national teams represented from 26 countries from around the world competing in the above mentioned categories (Veterans, U19, U16, Women’s 5-player, Women’s 3-player). We are very proud of the fact that we could send a national representative team for each category.

Our Womens 3-player team also won the UPBF Womens 3-player Paintball World Championships in 2018 and will be back this year to defend their title.

A group of over 40 people which includes players, spectators and staff will be departing from South Africa on 22 September as they make their way to Amsterdam to represent South Africa in the UPBF Paintball World Championship that will take place in conjunction with the NXL Europe Open.

This year July the SANPA National Men’s team competed in the UPBF Men’s Paintball World Championship in Prague where they finished 9th out of 17 countries competing with Russia as the champions of the event.

We would also like to congratulate Paul Grobler, the current chairman of SANPA, who was voted in as the General Secretary of the United Paintball Federation (UPBF) for the next four years and who played a big role in the organizing of the UPBF Paintball World Championships events during 2019.

We are wishing all our SA teams and staff the best as they prepare for the largest paintball battle of the year.

Invest in the future of our sport and players

I suppose we are all daily faced with various financial challenges in our lives. One thing is sure and that is the majority of us have some or other form of insurance / investment or health plan for us and our loved ones.

SANPA NPC have teamed up with Halcyon Group to create an opportunity for the Paintball Association as a non-profit to receive commission on all products used via the Halcyon Group from members we refer. In this way it is not costing you anything more than what you are currently paying, in actual fact they might even be able to provide you with a better comparative quote for personal or business insurance and more and you might actually save some money.

So what can you do from your side to get involved and support us:

  1. Contact Michelle Morton – michelle@halfin.co.za
  2. Provide them with our SANPA NPC referral number: SI011N
  3. Consider allowing them to become your broker with your current policies you have you can switch over to them or request them to provide you with a comparative quote on:
  • Short Term Insurance
  • Medical Aid
  • Life Policies/Retirements
  • Investments and more

Commissions earned from this incentive will be used towards our national teams and hopefully allowing us to assist players in coming years sending truly the best of the best to represent South Africa on a international platform.

Download the brochure for more information

UPBF Mens Paintball World Cup Recap

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The UPBF Mens Paintball World Cup took place during 5 & 6 July in conjunction with the NXL Europe Open event in Basildon, UK.

The SANPA National Mens team was amongst 15 countries that competed in this prestigious event where top players from their respective countries were selected to represent their country and compete in the UPBF National Mens Paintball World Cup.

The team was grouped together with Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium in their preliminary bracket.

The battle between Germany and South Africa was intense as the teams looked extremely evenly matched once the games were underway. With limited time left on the clock and the score 3-2 in favor of Germany, South Africa pulled out all the stops to score a point to even the game out between the two countries, however the game plan just didn’t word as planned and after a great show of force by South Africa the German team eliminated the team and had a few seconds left to score the final point giving them a 4-2 victory over South Africa.

Our second prelim game was against Luxembourg where we had a clear 4-1 win.

Our third prelim game was against Belgium where we also scored a 4-1 win

The two victories was enough for South Africa to proceed to the quarter finals, where we met up with one of the strongest countries in paintball, Russia.

The team did their best against Russia, but the experience of this team, was this time around, just too much for South Africa as they took a 4-0 win.

Although not the result we would have liked to see, we ended overall 7th out of 15 countries competing and we are extremely proud of the team and all the support received from spectators at the event as well as from South Africa.

Congratulations also to Russia who was the overall winners of the UPBF National Mens Paintball World Cup for 2018.

We have definitely learned a great deal from this experience and will continue to build on these experiences as we move forward to grow our national teams.

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Thank you to GI Sportz / Blades & Triggers as our national paintball sponsors, making sure the team competes with the best international paint available. A big thank you also to Anthrax Paintball for the high quality, amazingly looking jerseys for the team to compete in and look their best.

We would also like to thank all the families, friends and individual sponsors which made it possible for each player on the team to compete and represent their country. Your support is greatly appreciated.


SA National Womens Team wins 3-man Womens World Championships

The UPBF Womens Paintball World Championship took place in conjunction with the 2nd leg of the NXL Europe Open this past weekend in Prague, Czech Republic.

This year the UPBF decided to add a 3-man division to the mix over and above the standard 5-man division to also provide the opportunity for smaller countries still struggling to get more female players into the sport. This allowed South Africa to send their respective representative team to compete for the first time in the Womens Paintball World Championship 2018.

Thursday afternoon saw the opening ceremony where each country’s team had to the opportunity to showcase their team in front of the crowd while their national anthem was being played.

The countries that competed at this years event were:
• France
• Germany
• Great Britain
• Russia
• Panama
• South Africa

During the 3-man prelim games it was Panama that was hungry for more wins after their 5-man games earlier the afternoon and they gave South Africa a tough task as the new team on the block. Both teams were able to secure a point each during the regulated game time, which meant teams had to move into an overtime point where South Africa claimed the point in a nail-biting game, allowing them to secure their first victory 2-1.

During the first point between Russia and South Africa there was some confusion and at the start of the point South Africa was not on the field with Russia just running through and claiming the first point in around 12 seconds. After that mistake a serious paintball battle broke out between these two countries with game time running out and Russia standing strong with a 4-2 victory.

South African now clearly warmed up and not impressed about their previous defeat came back strong to win France 3-0. 

With the prelim games now out of the way it was Russia that had to battle it out against South Africa again in the finals for the 3-man Womens Paintball World Championship and France vs Panama fighting for 3rd.

During the finals it was Russia that took the first point against South Africa and looked extremely strong and determined to take the win, however during the second point after Russia took out two players from South Africa it was Lizzy from South Africa turning the tables by taking out all three Russian players in an amazing battle to claim the first point for South Africa. This victory made South Africa even more determined and they claimed another point. At this stage with only 1:40 left on the clock it was Russia that had to push hard to try and even out the score to take the game into overtime, however South Africa stood their ground and time ran out with South Africa claiming the victory as the first 3-man Womens Paintball World Champions in the UPBF for 2018.

Up next will be our UPBF Mens Paintball World Championship taking place from 5-8 July in Basildon, UK in conjunction with the 3rd leg of the NXL Europe Open. This will be another fierce battle between countries from around the world.

A big thank you to GI Sportz and Blades & Triggers as the national paintball sponsors for our national team that made a big difference in helping the team compete on this international platform and compete with the best international paintballs available.

Thank you to Anthrax Paintballs for the amazing playing jerseys to compete in, as well as the casual gear off the field.

First SA National Womens Paintball Team

The first SA National Womens Paintball Team will be competing in the Womens Paintball World Championship in Prague from 25-27 May 2018.

This will be the first time in SA history to send a Womens Paintball team to compete on this international level.

Make sure to follow their journey and experience via our social media channels and also the live webcast that GoSportz will broadcast during the event.

The team consist out of:

  1. Cindy Tromp (Team Hooligan)
  2. Christine White (Vixens)
  3. Kerry Houghton (Team Hooligan)

A big thank you to Blades and Triggers / GI Sportz as the official national paintball sponsors for all the national teams competing this year. Your contribution and support help our teams to compete at the highest level possible.

SANPA U19 Team ready for Paintball World Cup 2017

Our South African National Paintball Association (SANPA) National U19 team is in the final stages of preparing for the U19 Paintball World Cup that will take place in Chantilly, Paris from 15-17 September.

Please support these guys as they give their best to make us proud while representing our sport and our country at the World Cup.

John-Henri Jansen van Rensburg – Captain (Brutal Affliction)
Jonty Rufus (Team All Stars (Paintball))
Daryn Steytler (Working Class Heroes)
Ross Cuyler (DYEnosaurs / Critical)
Calvin Sides (Working Class Heroes / Critical)
Philip Nel (PBOD / SIN Paintball)
Duan Broodryk (Brutal Affliction)
Matthew van Blerk (Team Dynamix)

Eugene Jansen van Rensburg – Coach

The team is in the very capable hands of Coach Eugene Jansen van Rensburg that did a superb job the past two years with the U19 team and we are looking forward to seeing them in action on the field.

The majority of the team will be departing on Tuesday 12 Sep and will return the following Tuesday 19 Sep from both Johannesburg and Cape Town.

A Big Thank you again to GI Sportz Paintball / Blades and Triggers supporting our National U19 team with the best international competition paint that the team can perform at their best.


Paintball World Cup 2017 Men’s

The much-anticipated Paintball World Cup Men’s for 2017 is taking place from 30 Jun – 2 Jul in London-Gatwick, UK at the South of England Event Centre just outside Gatwick. The event co-insides with the Millennium Series Campaign Cup.

Our national representative men’s team will be departing from Cape Town and Johannesburg on 28 June and will return on Tuesday 4 July.

Earlier this year we hosted our SANPA Provincial Try-outs. At the try-outs the various provincial selection committees put together the best provincial teams from those attending.  After our provincial cup that took place in March this year the selection-committee then puts together our national squad from the various provincial players that would represent us at the Paintball World Cup.

The men’s team for 2017 is:

  • Johan Smit (GP) (Captain)
  • Ricardo Ribeiro (GP)
  • Robert Walmsley (EC)
  • Darryn Peplar (GP)
  • Ashley Bolton (GP)
  • Jason Blignaut (EC)
  • Daniel Zinner (WC)
  • Gerard Basson (GP) (Team Manager)
  • Bruce Maxwell (Coach)

An estimated 23 countries will be represented in this year’s World Cup and after a solid performance from our U19 team last year in their division we are expecting some exciting games from our men’s team as well this year.  The competition will be fierce, but we are ready to take on the world. Looking at previous years the strongest competitors will be USA, Russia, France and Great Britain.

Current Teams Competing in the Paintball World Cup Mens: https://www.pbresultsonline.com/event/636/rankings

All the games on the main field at the event is broadcasted live via the FaceFull Paintball Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/FacefullPaintball/

Team practice photos – https://www.facebook.com/pg/SouthAfricanNationalPaintballAssociation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1919604078053588

Photo credit: Edward Grant Ruven / YTT Photography


2017 National Representative Teams

After the first Provincial Cup for 2017 we would like to announce the Men’s as well as U19 National representative Paintball teams.
This year the Men’s team consists out of upcoming players that have proved to us that they have what it takes to help grow the sport. Thank you to the provincial co-ordinators, managers and coaches assisting us in finalizing the teams.
Mens Team:
Johan Smit (GP)
Adam Stevenson (WC)
Bobby Walmsley (EC)
Brian Errol Dolphin (EC)
Jason Kelly Blignaut (EC)
Ricardo Ribeiro (GP)
Jason Joffin (WC)
Daniel Zinner (WC)
Dean Strydom (EC)
Darryn Peplar (GP)
Ashley Glen Bolton (GP)
Mark G Gerber (GP)
National Mens Team Manager: Gerard Basson
National Mens Team Coach: TBC
Total remaining cost to send the Men’s team over for 2017 to the Paintball World Cup in London from 30 June – 2 July is estimated at around R300,000.
U19 Team:
John-Henri Jansen van Rensburg(GP)
Duncan Perold (GP)
Jonty Rufus (GP)
Ross Cuyler (WC)
Tristan Van der Merwe (GP)
Matthew van Blerk (GP)
Daryn Steytler (WC)
Calvin Sides (WC)
Duan Broodryk (GP)
National U19 Team Coach: Eugene Jansen van Rensburg
National Team Organiser: Paul Grobler
Total remaining cost to send the U19 team over for 2017 to the Paintball World Cup in Paris from 15-17 September is estimated at around R165,000.
To be considered for the national representative team the following criteria applies:
1. You need to actively compete in 5-man speedball in South Africa at SANPA approved tournaments.
2. You need to be a SA citizen or stay in South Africa on a valid permit (other than a holiday visa).
3. You need to be selected for a provincial team
4. You need to show dedication and commitment to improve yourself and help to grow the sport and be a team player that can work with others.
5. You need be an ambassador for our country in this sport and what we stand for.
We would like to thank GI Sportz Paintball / Blades and Triggers coming on board as the Official Paintball Sponsor for both National representative Paintball teams during 2017 and helping these players to give their best at the Paintball World Cup.
If you or your business would like to support our two national teams, please make sure to contact Paul Grobler (paul (at) sanpa.co.za) to see how you or your business can get involved in helping these teams bring back the Paintball World Cup to South Africa
Wishing all these players the best in preparing for the Paintball World Cup.
Look out for more updates regarding our national teams over the next few weeks.

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SANPA GP Provincial Try-Outs

If you would like to represent the Gauteng Province in the SANPA Provincial Cup, then make sure you join us for the SANPA Gauteng Provincial Try-outs.
More Information:
When: Sat 18 Feb 2017
Where: Paintball City
Time: 09:00am
Cost: R200 per player
You will require roughly 1 box of paintballs for the try-outs.
Try-outs will consist out of individual skill assessments as well as games played against/with current provincial players to find the best suited players for the 2017 provincial team.
Gauteng Selection Committee:
1. Christopher Birch
2. Bruce Maxwell
3. Christopher England
4. Eugene Jansen van Rensburg (U19 Provincial/National Coach)
5. Gerard Basson
U19 Criteria:
Date of birth on ID must be during or after 1998
Must reside in Gauteng
Must be a SA Citizen or hold permanent residency
Must actively compete in the Sarpl (South African Regional Paintball League) with a club team
Men’s Criteria:
Must reside in Gauteng
Must be a SA Citizen or hold permanent residency
Gender: Male
Must actively compete in the Sarpl (South African Regional Paintball League) with a club team
Players selected for the Gauteng provincial team will compete in the two Provincial Cup events against other provinces during the year in the Western Cape and Gauteng.
Players will also stand a chance to be selected for the National team that will compete in the Paintball World Cup
Men’s Paintball World Cup 30 Jun – 2 Jul 2017
U19 Paintball World Cup, Chantilly, Paris from 15-17 Sep 
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Selected players will each receive a SANPA Provincial Certificate that can be handed in at their school/university to receive the relevant badges/colors and support.