Speedstacking: Scottsville pupils to compete in championship in texas

2011-03-16 00:00

TWO Scottsville Primary School boys are among four youngsters from South Africa who have been chosen to represent the country in the Speedstacking World Championship to be held in Dallas, Texas, in April.

Grade seven pupils Thabiso Sibiya (12) and Tashvir Sithalpersad (12) were selected in February when Scottsville Primary School conducted a speedstacking competition.

Thabiso and Tashvir beat five other contestants, doing a cycle over eight seconds. A cycle is the final stage in speedstacking, where participants use all 12 cups, up-stacking and down-stacking them as fast as they can.

“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing when I was told I was selected,” said an excited Thabiso. “I told my family and they were all happy for me. I am very excited that I will be riding in an aeroplane for the first time and I was also happy to hear that we will be staying in a hotel, because I absolutely love hotel food; it is delicious.”

Tashvir found the idea of riding a plane for the first time rather scary.

“I am scared, but I am glad that I will have my friend with me the whole time. I only started to play speedstacking last year and I love this sport because not only is it fun, but it helps me a lot with hand-eye co-ordination.”

Thabiso’s mother, Thembi, was amazed when she saw her son first do speedstacking at home. “I asked him what he was doing and he explained to me that it was a new sport.

“After school when he comes home he always practices and I saw how passionate he is about this sport. That is when I started go to competitions with him and heard the other children tell me how good he was, but when I saw for myself I couldn’t believe it. He moved like lightning.”

Vinodh Sithalpersad, Tashvir’s father, is also amazed at his son’s proficiency.

“I always support my son in everything he does. Even though I did not know what it was at first, I supported him and went to all the competitions he entered. Our family is very happy that he got an opportunity of a lifetime,” he said.

The two other South African entrants in the Dallas competition are from Gauteng.


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