Oldies win show sports finesse

2016-11-10 06:00
Nosipho Peter-Mabandla holds the trophy, as she is surrounded by other members of the senior group on Monday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Nosipho Peter-Mabandla holds the trophy, as she is surrounded by other members of the senior group on Monday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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A group of senior citizens were captured in a jovial mood after winning a trophy and medals in a sport competition held in Langa last Wednesday.

Members of Masibambane Sibuyise Isidima Sethu Senior Group participated in a Senior Citizens Sports Day event that took place at the Langa Stadium, which was organised by the City of Cape Town.

They came second position winners out of about seven senior clubs which took part in the contest.

Nosipho Peter-Mabandla, the founder of the senior group, said it was the first major competition they had entered as senior citizens.

She said the members played, among other sporting codes, netball and tennis.

“Those games needed focus and speed. They were a reminder of their younger days. Everyone was very happy and excited. We managed to win position two regardless of the fact that we had entered for the first time as opposed to other groups. The competition taught my members that their disability should not stop them from doing what they want to do. They were so motivated that they want to enter for the competition again next year,” Peter-Mabandla said.

Peter-Mabandla also said they are planning to start choir and modelling competitions for the elderly “to make the seniors feel young.”

Masibambane has about 15 members in its books. The oldest is 89 years old and the youngest is 60 years old.

Thamsanqa Mbane,89, said he was extremely entertained on the day.

“It was very nice. I felt like I was a child again, because it reminded me of my younger days. I will participate in the competition again next year. Exercising makes me feel fresh. I also love music,” Mbane said.

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