Gugs girls win badminton spots

2016-11-03 06:01
 Two Gugulethu girls Precious Mgodeli and Sisipho Xhamle were selected in provincial u.17 badminton team that played the inter-provincial tournament in Belhar.

Two Gugulethu girls Precious Mgodeli and Sisipho Xhamle were selected in provincial u.17 badminton team that played the inter-provincial tournament in Belhar.

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Two Gugulethu lasses were chosen to represent the provincial under 17 badminton team that did battle in a recent inter-provincial tournament held at Belhar Sports Complex.

After a sensational performance Precious Mgodeli and Sisipho Xhamle will now represent the squad at the Grand Challenge competition which will take place in Benoni over the weekend of the 1st May 2017.

These two athletes and other juniors from Gugulethu, Langa, Nyanga and Ocean View have formed a collaborated effort wherein they visit one another at least four times a week in pursuance of high performance training programs.

At this competition all the selected teams over the year 2016 that was selected at the national tournaments in all the different age groups from under 17 to the Golden Eagles ( over 65 years old) will compete against each other.

Some of the players were selected to attend a training camp in Denmark for two months.

A national squad of U17 was also selected from which a Team will be selected in 2017 that will represent South Africa in some International tournaments in 2017.

The squad will be exposed to High Performance Training Programmes run by the national junior national coach.

“The tournament was regarded as a great success from the organising aspect and also from a performance aspect.

“It was encouraging to see the quality of play by all and not just the top players. Encouraging because it shows the development and coaching is succeeding in more provinces than was the case in the past years. The future for the top players also looks more exciting and therefore they seem to be more motivated,” said Ray Sizwe Mandulo who is the Cape Winelands Academy Manager and WP Development Manager.

Mandula said the support from the parents ,family and coaches was more noticeable this year.

“To further enhance the development of these school going young gladiators a sponsorship which is the backbone of sport is required,” he added.

However the transport constraints has become a fundamental point of concern. We therefore urge whoever can dig deep down in their pocket and assist with the funding towards transportation of these teams to these playing venues as well with the equipment in shuttle cocks, racquets and equipment bags.

To help this squad call Mandulo on 0814042823.

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