Contest held to enhance sports

2016-10-20 06:00
 Members of the Gugulethu Progressive Development, the local neighbourhood watch and sports and recreation, during the event at the sports complex.            PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

Members of the Gugulethu Progressive Development, the local neighbourhood watch and sports and recreation, during the event at the sports complex. PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

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In effort to encourage local women and girls to take part in sports, an all day event was held at the Gugulethu Sports Complex over the weekend.

The Gugulethu Progressive Development Forum(GPDF) hosted the Woman’s Champ of Champs event at the venue.

Netball, basketball, soccer and aerobics were the rage for the young and elderly residents.

According to Lee Khabele, from GPD, they decided to host the event to promote a healthy lifestyle among locals.

“There aren’t enough activities such as this where the community can come together to play sport and have fun.

We are also hoping to raise awareness of various issues such as health and it is for that reason that we have invited the city’s health department.

The department conducted HIV testing and pap smear on the sidelines of the event.

Khabele said that the event was just a beginning of their efforts to develop sports and recreation as well as promote general welfare.

“We are encouraging locals to come and work with us as we have various portfolios in our forum such as health, social development and sport. We are hoping to address all sorts of problems in our community,” he added.

Among the organisations that partnered with GPDF was the department of sports and recreation which also provided sporting equipment as prizes to the winning teams.

Sports and Recreations’ Director of Sports Promotions, Thabo Tutu, said that they were proud to be part of an event that encouraged locals to be active.

“This is in line with our ambition to grow local sports and we decided to be part of this initiative.

We are especially impressed since its focus is on women.

We hope that such activities will help facilitate growth and that it is the beginning of better things to come.

We hope that it will stimulate a demand for sporting activities and not be a once off event. The development of active sports will go a long way in eradication social ills,” said Tutu.

Yandiswa Mayekise, said the GPDF had invited locals to work with the organisations to help grow sports in the local community.

“We would like to see Gugulethu grow and rise into a fruitful township which will produce a positive future(for its females).

To achieve this we need all the communities and stakeholders and other organisations to join us into the journey of development and making it a safer place for the next generations,” she said.

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