Senior sportsman brings home relay gold

2020-01-29 06:01
Alois Xulu proudly displays the trophy and certificate that he received from the Department of Sport and Recreation.photo: andile sithole

Alois Xulu proudly displays the trophy and certificate that he received from the Department of Sport and Recreation.photo: andile sithole

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A GREYTOWN senior was honoured recently for winning the 100m relay race at the National Golden Games, held in Port Elizabeth in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in October last year.

For his achievement, Alois Xulu, a resident from eNhlalakahle, received a trophy and a certificate from the Department of Sport and Recreation in the uMzinyathi District. He was also nominated as the Male of the Year.

Almost 2 000 senior citizens donned their provincial sporting attire and participated in the two-day Golden Games event, which features various traditional and indigenous sporting codes.

Xulu, a member of the Isinamuva Senior Citizens Club, said of his achievement: “This inspires me to do more in the future.

“I would like to encourage other senior citizens to wake up and participate in the Golden Games, especially men.

“I was very disappointed to note that there are only two men participating in our club. Most of our members are women,” Xulu said.

Xulu joined the Isinamuva Senior Citizens Club after he retired.

“In 2016 we went to Limpopo to represent KwaZulu-Natal at the Provincial Golden Games competition.

“The province of KwaZulu-Natal won a trophy and defeated the other eight provinces.

“In 2017 I also participated in the Provincial Golden Games, held in Durban,” Xulu said.

The Department of Social Development, in partnership with the South African Older Persons Forum, introduced the programme to improve the quality of life of the aged by promoting independence and participation in various social, cultural and sporting initiatives that seek to prevent and reduce old-age related afflictions.

In a statement, the department said that the Golden Games aim to bring together older persons across all nine provinces and affords them an opportunity to interact and build friendships with their peers.

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