Locals take up bat for SA

2017-04-25 06:01
Miles October, Oscar Layman and Lloyd Koks ready to participate in the World Masters Games in New Zealand, which is taking place now.

Miles October, Oscar Layman and Lloyd Koks ready to participate in the World Masters Games in New Zealand, which is taking place now.

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Kensington-born baseball players are flying the country flag with the rest of Western Province masters team as they were chosen to compete in the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand.

Miles October, the head of local non-profit community organisation Play Sport4Life, is participating in the 45+ age category in the multisport games.

He and the rest of the team played their first game on Friday. By the time of going to print they had won two games and lost one.

October says it is a huge honour for him to be participating in the event. He says the World Masters Games attracts thousands of veteran sportspeople and teams from across the globe.

October says: “Lloyd and I are here representing Western Province and South Africa, but we are also Maitland Giants players.

“It is akin to representing one’s country and there is fierce competition in all the codes.

“At the games here in Auckland, there is a 101-year-old woman competing. I am in awe of her. Being of mature age doesn’t mean you have to give up on being active.”

“For me, personally, it is part of the validation of sport being part of a healthy lifestyle. Any health expert will tell you that sports activity promotes good health in the long-term.”

According to his friend Warren Ludski October deserved the opportunity as he has shown his love for sport since his youth when he played soccer and baseball for a local club. He started the Play Sport4Life NPO three years ago to promote sport as a tool to develop the communities of Kensington, Factreton and Maitland.

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