Qingqa skipping champs

2016-01-28 06:00
 Teacher Nthabeleng Machona and coach Nolufefe Kosani-Racula with team members Lona Jim, Odwa Bobo, Anelisa Ntsiki, Unathi Skhunana, Loyiso Casiwe, Anovvuyo Ngqiza and Lihle Qika.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Teacher Nthabeleng Machona and coach Nolufefe Kosani-Racula with team members Lona Jim, Odwa Bobo, Anelisa Ntsiki, Unathi Skhunana, Loyiso Casiwe, Anovvuyo Ngqiza and Lihle Qika. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Qingqa Mntwana Primary School rope skipping team have stepped into the new year in high spirits.

This is after their under-13 team came back as national champions at the SA School games last month.

The were crowned the kings of the rope in Pretoria fighting of stiff competition from other provinces in the three day event held at the University of Pretoria.

The team of six went to the competition with huge motivation after they notched second place in 2014.

According to their coach Nolufefe Kosani-Racula the team had the belief that they could do better this time around.

“Going there we were confident because we had thoroughly trained and we were properly prepared. The pupils were training even if I wasn’t there...they were very dedicated to their cause,” said Kosani-Racula. At the games young pupils are pitted against each others in four traditional games namely Kgati (Rope Skipping), Jukskei , Mrabaraba (board game) and Koko a traditional cat and mouse game.

The team were firm favourites after both the under-13 and under -17 divisions from the school worked away with first position in the provincial leg of the SA games in July last year.

“Over the years we have gained a reputation in rope skipping as the result of the our dedication as well as support from the school and the parents.

The parents were very pivotal in the continued success of the school because they are always forthcoming and they along with the staff of the school have supported the team and even accompanied them to the airport,” she said.

The school governing body’s Ntombomzi Tafeni said that the parents were proud of the talented youngsters.

“They continue to shine a bright light in our school and we hope the success of the under 13s cwill motivate the under 17 which will be going to the national games later this year,” she said.

According to the schools deputy principal, Mamsa Mvunyiswa, the team is continuing with the schools winning culture which has been the results of a peculiar problem.

“Our school is known for its winning teams in sport and choirs as a result parents want to enrol their children at the school and unfortunately we have to turn some of them down because we just don’t have the space.

We are very proud of the team for making sure that the previous disappointment didn’t deter them,” she said.

Lihle Qika, team member, said that they were confident of retaining their championship even though some members will be moving to the under-17 team as they no longer qualify to play for the under-13s.

“It was a great experience and we went there knowing we want to win big and we are confident we can keep winning,” he said. He also thanked their coach, parents and staff at the school for the continued support.

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