citizens are ready to defend their national title when they participate in the
2016 National Golden Games Festival in Polokwane, Limpopo next week. The team
will assemble in Newcastle on Saturday, 22 October, and depart the next day to
The Golden Games take
place on Monday 24th to Friday, 29 October.
Chairperson of the Senior
Citizen Forum, Daphney Memela said Team KZN has finalized its preparations for
the championships and players are ready to defend the national title they won
last year in Northern Cape.
“I can assure you that all
the team members are ready and all preparations are in order. All selected team
members are available and are ready to leave for Limpopo. Last weekend we held a
camp in Durban. The main aim was to check the state of readiness of the players.
We had to prepare them emotionally, so that they are aware that they will be
living for Limpopo and to do physical check-ups in order to be sure that they
will be able to play,” said Memela.
One of the players, Rama
Moodley from Pietermaritzburg under the UMgungundlovu District, who is a soccer
player, said his team is ready for the competition and he is personally excited
to take the long trip to Polokwane to represent the Province.
Moodley said engaging in
sports and living a healthy lifestyle was the best move ever for him, as this
helps him stay fit and focused.
“Just to add on how this programme
benefits us as oldies, it helps prevents minor illnesses, like flu. It reduces
the chances of suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. It keeps the
mind alive and fresh, we become alive emotionally and physically, as it also
contributes into our emotions, by keeping us focused and alive. Staying active
and engaging in these sporting games for us old people increases the chances
of having a longer lifespan, because we
now live longer through sport and recreation, through living
healthy lifestyles,” concluded Memela.
MEC for Arts, Culture,
Sport and Recreation, Bongi Sithole-Moloi, has commended Team KZN members for
their dedication and living exemplary lifestyles. “Our youth have a lot to
learn from our senior citizens, which is why we must always protect and cherish
them. The recognition of senior citizens and protection of their rights is one
of government’s priorities. We will continue to work with organisations dealing
with elders to ensure that they get opportunities to remain physically active
and interact with each other in order to deal with social challenges.”
“We wish the team well at
the Golden Games and we are confident that we will defend our title. After all
we are an active and winning Province,” said Sithole-Moloi.