eThekwini goes for gold

2019-09-25 06:00
photo: suppliedMale football players at the Golden Games.

photo: suppliedMale football players at the Golden Games.

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THE eThekwini Metro continued to dominate the provincial sports arena by winning yet another inter-district tournament, the Provincial Golden Games for senior citizens, held in Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal South coast recently.

Provincial trophies that eThekwini has made their own over the years include the Indigenous Games (IGs) and the SALGA­KZN-DSR Games.

The Golden Games were hosted at the Douglas Mitchell grounds, Ugu Sport and Leisure, Margate Sport School, and Esayidi FET campus in Gamalakhe township.

The tournament is a joint programme of the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR), the Department of Social Development (DSD) and the Office of the Premier in the province.

District Municipalities also assist their respective teams with resources.

Most of the activities are of a fun nature, among them the duck walk, dress up, passing the ball and kick, ball throw, and “pegging” for those in wheelchairs. There is also football for both the grandpas and grandmas as well as athletics which are played at amazingly high pace.

The MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Hlengiwe Mavimbela, attended the games to encourage senior citizens to keep active and healthy.

“Senior citizens who participate in physical activity regularly inform us that they no longer need to take medication for lifestyle and old age diseases such as hypertension. I urge you all to continue taking part in games like these so that you can enjoy good health,” she said as she applauded the senior citizens for setting a good example for young people about the benefits of leading active and healthy lifestyles.

GOLDEN GAMES TOP PERFORMERS:

First — eThekwini

Second — Ilembe

Third — Ugu

Fourth — Amajuba

Fifth — Umkhanyakude

The best athletes from participating districts will form part of Team KZN to represent KZN in the National Golden Games in Port Elizabeth next month. KZN has won the last two national events and will be looking to make it three in a row. — Supplied.

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