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2016-04-07 06:00
Residents are urged to join Khayelitsha Endurance Walking Club which is set to be formed in the area soon.

Residents are urged to join Khayelitsha Endurance Walking Club which is set to be formed in the area soon.

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It all started as a training activity for officials in the South African Army in 1990, but now it is spreading its tentacles to accommodate residents of Khayelitsha.

Mbuyiselo Damba, secretary general of Endurance Walking Association of South Africa (Ewasa) is inviting anyone interested to be a part of the club which is to be formed soon in the area.

Khayelitsha Endurance Walking Club is a partnership with Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy and members of the public, regardless of age.

Damba said each team in the club needs six people to be able to compete with other teams. The competition is over two days.

The first day sees competitors walking 40 kilometres which is followed by 35 kilometres on the second day.

Those who arrived on the final destination first, without running, are regarded as winners.

“It is about team work. It helps to keep in a good shape in health.

There are people who are not good in running, but they can walk so this sport is good for them too.

We appeal to those interested to come and join us,” Damba said.

Damba, who is a correctional officer at Pollsmoor prison, said they need a minimum of 20 people to form the sport in the area.

The clubs are formed with categories such as 0 to 21 years for juniors, 22 to 39 years for seniors, 40 to 49 years for veterans and 50 upwards for masters.

He said the sport was formed by the army in 1990 and was adopted by the department of correctional services, in 1996.

There are series of competitions planned for April 23 and 24 in Pretoria, June 25 and 26 in Limpopo, August 27 and 28 in Ladismith in the province and the last one in November 25 and 26 at Pollsmoor prison.

Damba said they will be able to compete in some of the competitions should they manage to form the club. The joining fee is R100.

Those interested to join or need more clarity are urged to contact Damba on 0843931509.

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