City schools 'stack' for Guinness fame

2010-11-19 00:00

MORE than 600 pupils from five schools in Pietermaritzburg have joined a global campaign to break last year’s Guinness Book world record in sport stacking.

South Africa took part for the first time in the attempt to break the world record for the most people taking part.

Sport stacking involves stacking and unstacking 12 specially designed cups in three slick sequences.

The World Sport Stacking Association “stack-up” is a record-breaking attempt hosted held each year as part of Guinness World Records Day.

The record for “most people sport- stacking at multiple locations in one day” is 276 053.

Stackers have to stack for at least 30 minutes as part of a group of 25 or more.

Anele Ngubane, a grade 7 pupil from Grange Primary, won herself six gold medals in various stacking contests this year.

She said: “I find the sport very enjoyable and it does not challenge me in any way because I have mastered the art of playing it.”

Ngubane said she loves this sport more than any other one because it has helped improve her hand-eye co-ordination greatly.

“My reading and writing speed has improved because of sport stacking.”

Renee Olivier, distributor and coo-rdinator for Speed Stacks in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas, said: “This year we were able to set a new record with more than 300 000 participants, but we are only going to get the results tomorrow because some countries have not yet participated.”

She said stacking is growing rapidly as a new sport in South Africa.

“The wonderful thing about this sport is that children love it and it is affordable.

“To play it one does not require a specified field like other sports,” said Olivier.

The acting principal of Grange Primary, Venesh Harichand, said the sport promotes hand-eye co-ordination speed and discipline.

These qualities contribute to a child’s ability to think quickly and take decisions appropriately, he said.

Other schools that participated are Cordwalles, Gert Maritz, Scottsville Primary and Epworth.

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