eThekwini Team Wins The Golden Games

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EThekwini Metro continues to dominate the provincial sport arena by winning yet another inter-district tournament, the Provincial Golden Games for senior citizens, held in Margate on the KZN south coast, on 10-11 September, this week.

The 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 Mitchel 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 on 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 BP (hypertension). I urge you all to continue taking part in games like these so that you can enjoy good health,” she said. She applauded senior citizens for setting a good example to young people about the benefits of leading active and healthy lifestyles.

The top performers in the games were as follows:

1st position – eThekwini
2nd Ilembe
3rd Ugu
4th Amajuba
5th Umkhanyakude

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