SA Summer Age group games in Bay

2016-03-02 06:00

SOUTH African Sports Association for the Intellectually Impaired (SASA-II) in partnership with Lulamisa Community Development Organisation have announced that Eastern Cape Sport Association for the Intellectually Impaired (ECSA-II) will host the National SA Summer Age Group Games in Port Elizabeth.

SA Summer Age Group Games will be held from 7 to 11 March.

About 750 athletes with an intellectual impairment from all nine Provinces will be in the Bay to take part in the annual Summer Games. These athletes will compete in six sport codes: swimming, cricket, hockey, table tennis, blackball pool and indoor rowing.

SASA-II is a member of South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and International Sports Federation for people with Intellectual Disability (Inas).

Some of the athletes with Down syndrome will compete in the codes of swimming and table tennis in preparation for the upcoming Trisome World Championship. This is the first National event in South Africa to be sanctioned by Inas.

The event will take place at Gelvandale Cricket Club, Malabar Community Centre, Lilian Ngoyi Sport Centre, Happydale Special School, Kwamagxaki Cricket Club, Dan Qe Qe stadion and Westbourne Oval, to name but a few.

Lizzie Vogel, National President of the association said: “This is a very special year for us, as we have a brand new partnership with Lulamisa. More athletes will get the opportunity to compete as it is development year in all sporting codes. During a development year we focus on giving multiple athletes, in additional age groups, the opportunity to take part on National level.”

A number of national teams will be announced during the Summer Games for international participation later in the year.

Kenneth Kubayi, National Sports Convenor and member of the National Executive Committee of SASA-II, visited the Nelson Mandela Bay this past month. He was impressed by the high standard of venues acquired by National Cricket Convenor, Ernest Fiki.

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