Verulam man scoops gold in golden games

2016-11-24 06:01
Photo: supplied Pravin Patak congratulates Morgan Govender (left) for winning a gold medal at the golden games.

Photo: supplied Pravin Patak congratulates Morgan Govender (left) for winning a gold medal at the golden games.

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A VERULAM resident Morgan Govender (68) scooped the second gold medal at the national Golden Games held in Polokwane recently.

Govender was representing KwaZulu-Natal and the Verulam Day and Frail Care centre. Various participants coming across all nine provinces took part in the hockey games.

Govender first participated in the provincial Golden Games held in Kings Park stadium, Durban in September and scooped a gold medal. He then qualified to participate in the national games in Polokwane.

Govender said: “Ten years ago I had a major stroke and I was crippled in bed for three months. I am an inspiration to others who suffer from ailments. I encourage other senior citizens to participate in the Golden Games so that people will be interested in what we are doing.

“I competed against people who were not physically challenged like me, but I am glad that I won. I did not expect to win a gold medal.

“But I told myself that I will never let my ailment be a stumbling block. It is the hope of the KZN provincial senior citizens forum that one day senior citizens will participate in the international arena.

“I am also the member of the Sunrise Yoga club,” he said.

His wife Lilly Govender (57) said: “I am very proud of the Verulam Frail and Care Centre who has taken care of my husband because he was not well on the day he had to leave for the national games.”

Director of the Verulam Day and Frail Care Centre Pravin Patak said the concept of Golden Games is to promote active ageing among elderly people.

“He is a stroke patient but he never let his ailment be a stumbling block for him.

“We are very proud of him and all fellow colleagues we believe that they must emulate this giant who brought a gold medal to our province,” he said.

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