Teen tournament draws hundreds

2016-05-03 06:00
Vernomecia James of Atlantis District 1 lines up a shot during a round of pool at the annual Cape Town Games.  PHOTOS: City of Cape Town

Vernomecia James of Atlantis District 1 lines up a shot during a round of pool at the annual Cape Town Games. PHOTOS: City of Cape Town

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Hundreds of teens gathered at the Swartklip Indoor Centre to participate in the fourth annual Cape Town Games.

The City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department hosted more than 600 teenagers who participated in the final games on Saturday 23 April.

The teenagers, aged between 13 and 18 years old, represented the four City districts.

This year’s games was won – for the second year in a row – by District 4, which includes the northern areas of Bonteheuwel, Sarepta, Scottsdene and Belhar.

District 4 also won the Team Spirit award.

“The games are very popular and each year the competition is fierce. The event gives young people an opportunity to compete in a number of sport and recreational events in a safe environment,” said Mayco member for community services and special projects, Belinda Walker.

Before the main event, the games see the four City districts compete against each other at three levels.

The first is the facility level, where more than 20 000 participants take part in the games.

About 5000 of these participants then advance to the area level where just over 3000 participants are selected to participate at district level.

The final participants who advance from the district level games then participate in the department’s overall Cape Town Games, which usually includes about 640 participants.

The participants compete in various sporting codes and activities such as table tennis, pool, dominoes, chess, Morabaraba, board games, five-a-side soccer, netball, Dibeke and Drie Stokkies, among others.

“Through this event, we aim to encourage mass participation in both physical and mental challenges, while showcasing some of the activities offered by the various community centres and recreation hubs. The event also seeks to connect the unconnected and affords participants the opportunity to compete in activities they may otherwise not have had access to,” said Walker.

“Events and programmes such as these promote a healthy lifestyle and use sport as a development tool. Importantly, they also encourage social cohesion between residents from various communities across Cape Town. All of the participants are strongly commended for making it to the final round. I want to offer my special congratulations to the winners who continue to excel each year.”



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