Badminton comes to New Horizon

2016-08-17 06:00
THE badminton team of the New Horizon College are from the left, front: Sello Mofokeng, Ntsebiseng Tsotetsi, Lerato Nsele, Boitumelo Mofokeng and Dimpho Makhampanyane; back: Moleboheng Masia, Themba Radebe, Reitumetse Moloi, Zinhle Mzizi and Linda Mkhwanazi. Photo: Supplied

THE badminton team of the New Horizon College are from the left, front: Sello Mofokeng, Ntsebiseng Tsotetsi, Lerato Nsele, Boitumelo Mofokeng and Dimpho Makhampanyane; back: Moleboheng Masia, Themba Radebe, Reitumetse Moloi, Zinhle Mzizi and Linda Mkhwanazi. Photo: Supplied

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BETHLEHEM. – At New Horizon College, they strive to educate the learners to perform to the best of their ability. But as life has taught them, a balanced lifestyle is very important.

The school firmly believes that a healthy body promotes a healthy mind and has added a sporting code, badminton, to its range of sporting codes.

It was introduced in 2015 to New Horizon College Bethlehem. Only three learners had showed interest at the time.

However, more learners started to show an interest and started participating in badminton this year.

Badminton is a racquet sport that is played indoors.

It is considered to be the fastest racquet sport.

It is very popular both nationally and internationally.

At high levels of play, the sport demands excellent fitness, stamina, agility, strength, speed and precision.

It is a technical sport, requiring good motor coordination and the development of sophisticated racquet movements.

Koos Pieterse, the sports administrator at the New Horizon College, Bethlehem, said sport and culture was one of the best ways to balance one’s life.

He said both sport and culture are being implemented at New Horizon College, but adding new sporting codes every year that the learners show an interest in would develop the learners even more.

New Horizon College, under the coaching hands of Pieterse, will have an internal ranking competition during the third term that will be followed up in the future.

Pieterse wants to develop the sport of badminton in local schools by hosting a development clinic.

“If there are many interested learners during such a clinic, why should we not start a badminton league in our district?”

Pieterse is positive that if there are learners at New Horizon College interested in badminton, there must be many more in our own district.

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