Klaarwater Grannies WIN the Gogolympic Cup

2016-05-03 06:00
Grannies enjoying a game of pass the ball. Photo: supplied

Grannies enjoying a game of pass the ball. Photo: supplied

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GRANNIES from Durban’s Klaarwater have taken home the Gogolympic Cup after competing on Friday against seven other teams of grannies from across the Valley of 1000 Hills.

The Klaarwater grandmothers were proud to take home the Cup – a symbol that they are the fittest and fastest team of grannies in the area. They beat last year’s winning team which was Dozen Hook.

The grannies were competing in the sixth annual Gogolympics held at Molweni Sports Ground and hosted by Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) in partnership with eThekwini Municipality, The Fisher’s Net and the KZN Department of Sports and Recreation. The winning teams for each category of sports were:

- Netball - Molweni

- Soccer - Inchanga

- Relay Races - KwaNyuswa

- Pass the Ball - Klaarwater

- Ring the Stick - Klaarwater

- Rugby Ball Throw – Jane Khumalo (KwaNgcolosi)

- Jukskei – Bongiwe Dlamini (KwaNgcolosi)

- Team Spirit Award - Inchanga

The Gogolympics aims to improve the health of grannies who are impacted by South Africa’s HIV/AIDS crisis and face daily struggles such as caring for orphaned grandchildren. There are 2.5 million children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS in South Africa, with the majority of these children now in the care of their grandmothers. The Gogolympics is one element of the Grannies Support Group project run by Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust in response to the burden that the HIV/AIDS pandemic has placed on grannies.

The spirit of the grannies was soaring, with each team dancing their way onto the ground at the beginning of the day and supporting their fellow team members with hugs and cheers. Sister Cwengi Myeni, the co-founder of the games, said this year’s event was the biggest yet. “We had over 1,000 gogos in attendance and for each of them it is an annual highlight in their calendar.”

“We’d like to thank all our partners and sponsors. So many generous businesses made this event possible by donating everything from food to sporting equipment. We’d also like to thank the Molweni community who hosted the event for the first time, said Cwengi.

For more information contact: marketing@hillaids.org.za- 031 765 5866.

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