Umqophiso Primary School came guns blazing to dethrone ACJ Phakade Primary, champions for two consecutive years, at the annual sports day on Friday 16 March.At the end of the day, Umqophiso scored 49 points followed by Sikhuthale Day Care Centre with 39 points and the previous champs (ACJ Phakade) scored 36 points.The sunny day with clear blue skies saw not only children, but parents and teachers flocking to the playground. It was a fun-filled affair, as parents and teachers from all the sides screamed their lungs out in support of their teams.The day saw learners compete in 50 m sprints, relays, egg and spoon races, and sack races. “This was a great day,” declared Masixole Mbanjwa, an ACJ Phakade teacher. “I was so happy to see so many parents coming out in support of their children. This goes to show that parents now also take note of the role teachers play in their children’s lives. Parents leaving their homes and work to be here really means a lot. Children really get so happy when they see their parents cheering them on; they try their level best to do well. As for ACJ, we have been champions for two years running [2016 and 2017], but this time we saw a great effort from Umqophiso who wrested the championship away from us.”Sport is important for children as it played a signficant part in their lives, he added.“This gives them an opportunity to see how good they are when they compete against other children,” Mbanjwa said. “Sports nowadays are no longer just hobbies, but careers for some. So this sports day helps us a lot, as most of the learners in the teams come from such beginnings.” The event was a joint effort by teachers of different schools, starting in 2014, when it was hosted by Umqophiso Primary School, he explained.The day saw 10 schools compete.Maureen Lumka, Nceduluntu principal, told City Vision that the day was very important for children.