Teachers bring home medals

2015-09-24 06:00


Thando Ngese and Nokwanda Jobela.

Thando Ngese and Nokwanda Jobela.

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The charismatic Christian author and speaker Joyce Meyer is on record as saying: “Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.”

Well, that seems to apply to two Khayelitsha teachers, Thando Ngese and Nokwanda Jobela, who both returned with bronze medals from a recent Southern African Teachers Organisation (Sato) games held in Durban.

Both athletes competed in the 400 and 200 metre distance respectively and they raised the Khayelitsha flag high with their performances.

Ngese, who teaches at Nomsa Mapongwana Primary said he was happy with his overall performance and is expecting a better placement when he competes in Durban again in October.

“I need to train a little bit more so that I can up my game,” said Ngese, who will also compete in the long jump.

Jobela teaches at Manyano High School overcame a knee injury to take part in the contest.

“My knee is still painful, but I decided to give it a go and now I have this medal,” she smiled.

She also runs for the Khayelitsha Athletics Club and participated in the Cape Town Marathon 10 Peace Race where she finished at 1hour 15 minutes last Sunday.

“I also want to improve my running time but I must beat this injury,” she said.

Ngese and Jobela believe that teachers who are active in sport are sending a positive message to the children and the community at large. Sticking to the adage that “the great teacher inspires” they want more of them to join in the quest for fitness

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