New Year sporting resolutions

2016-01-06 06:00
Jerry Govender Photo: supplied

Jerry Govender Photo: supplied

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A NEW YEAR brings hope and can trigger a desire to change an aspect of your life. An optimistic spirit of “new year, new me” motivates many to make a New Year’s resolution.

The Weekly spoke to a number of leading sports personalities in our town and asked them what was their sporting resolutions of 2016 in the hope of uplifting sport in the Ilembe District.

Bafana Mhlongo (president of KwaDukuza Football Association) said: “My resolution for 2016 is to focus on the development of under 13, under 15 and under 17 football in the hope of improving the standard of soccer at senior level. For far too long we were content with mediocrity, now is the time to raise the bar.”

Yashin Tewary (CEO of Play Sport 365) said: “My vision is to get more kids living a healthy lifestyle and move away from obesity or being a couch potato. I want to take Play Sport to different areas including Tongaat, Mandeni, Ndwedwe and Maphumulo and give children an opportunity to develop a healthy body, mind and soul.”

Jerry Govender (president of KwaDukuza Darts Association) said: “We will provide good, accountable administration at every level of our organisation. In 2016 we want to employ practical projects to encourage new recruits to play and enjoy the sport of darts and to develop regular, good competitions that are a credit to the sport and a true challenge of the skills and abilities of our players. We will seek to establish the sport of darts as a serious code that will earn itself the respect and recognition of our sporting community.”

Dhanraj Bageloo (coach of Dawnheights Cricket Club) said: “My resolution for 2016 is to guide Dawnheights Cricket Club to honours in the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Challenge League (Stream Two) in the hope of gaining promotion to the first division ranks of the KZN Challenge League at the start of the 2016/2017 season. Furthermore, I resolve to develop and train young players and graft them into the senior side”.

Ronald “Tiger” Ponnsamy (co-ordinator of Ilembe High Schools Cricket) said: “We must introduce 50-overs cricket matches for secondary schools at the start of 2016 because the shorter version of the game (T20) is messing our youngsters. Sadly, we cannot compete on an equal footing with our counterparts from other districts in the province because our lads cannot bat for 50-overs. Furthermore, there must be more structured coaching in the Ilembe District in the hope of developing our youngsters into future provincial stars”.

Hlelizwe “Happyboy” Mhlongo (president of SAFA Ilembe District) said: “Our vision in the new year is to focus on the development of coaches in the Ilembe District. We don’t have a problem when it comes to quality players, but Ilembe lacked the proper structures to support the players and thus the need to develop coaches for both the males and females.”

Isaac Abraham (president of KwaDukuza Volleyball Association) said: “We want to channel our energy into the development of youth and women volleyball in 2016. An inter-school volleyball tournament is scheduled to take place before the end of January and selected males and females will receive free coaching on an ongoing basis.”

My vision is to get more kids living a healthy lifestyle and move away from obesity or being a couch potato. I want to take Play Sport to different areas including Tongaat, Mandeni, Ndwedwe and Maphumulo...

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