Scottsville boys help stack up SA medals

2011-05-10 00:00

SCOTTSVILLE Primary School pupils Tashvir Sitharpersad and Thabiso Sibiya, who represented South Africa in the World Sport Stacking Championships held in Texas recently, have done the country proud.

More than 800 pupil and adults from 24 countries competed in the championships and the pair represented South Africa in the competition with two other participants.

South Africa took three medals.

Sport stacking originating from southern California in the 1980s, and took off as a serious sport in the 90s. It continues to grow worldwide.

It is both an individual and team sport that involves stacking special plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible, with young players improving both memory and hand-eye co-ordination.

In South Africa the sport has been going for two-and-a-half years.

Sibiya (12) and Sitharpersad (11) managed to achieve positions 58 and 79 respectively in the overall tournament world ranking.

Byron Van Gool of the Discovery Scout Group Sport Stacking Club in Roodepoort received all three medals for the country.

The World Sport Stacking Association president in South Africa, Gavin Penkin, said all four boys did the country proud, clocking fantastic times and helping the team as a whole to place very well at the tournament.

Van Gool said the South African team also did well in the international cycle relay where they managed to beat the United States and Ireland, but just lost to Australia.

A KZN marketer of speed stacks, Reneé Olivier of Hillcrest, has been introducing speed stacking as a sport to schools since 2010 because of its many benefits [see box].

Olivier says she is “happy to visit schools to do a presentation for staff and/or parents and leave a set up of cups for pupils to try out this fantastic sport.”

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