Grannies train for ‘Gogolympics’

2016-02-02 06:00
Photo: supplied Gogos play pass the ball at last year’s event.

Photo: supplied Gogos play pass the ball at last year’s event.

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HILLCREST Aids Centre Trust (Hact) is hosting the sixth annual Gogolympics on Friday 22 April at Molweni Sports Ground.
This year’s Gogolympics will be the biggest yet, with over 2 000 gogos (grannies) from 10 communities competing in sporting events including soccer, netball and novelty games.

The event is an avenue for selecting gogos to play in the Golden Games – a national sporting competition for senior citizens, run by the Department of Sport and Recreation.

The Gogolympics have become more popular each year and this year is the first time it will be held at Molweni Sports Ground - they were previously held in KwaNyuswa - and new teams and communities have enlisted. For only the second time mkhulus (grandpas) will participate in soccer.

The Gogolympics encourage physical activity and healthy living within the community. The competing gogos are part of Hact’s Granny Support Groups that support grannies affected by HIV/Aids and other community challenges.

Sister Cwengekile Myeni, co-founder of the Gogolympics said: “Gogos in our communities have a hard time trying to raise their grandchildren with only a pension to provide for them.
“Being in a support group is such a positive thing for them – they can talk about their hardships, they receive prayer and advice from other gogos, and through the Gogolympics, they keep fit and healthy.”

Hact is calling on the community to support the event. It is in need of volunteer sport coaches to train the competing teams, volunteers to assist on the day, financial sponsorship and donations including food, drinks, sporting equipment, chairs and marques. A full list of items needed is available at

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