The Regional Summer Games are all but upon us and the Cosmo City West Primary School will play host to the event scheduled to kick off on Friday with the province’s best Basketball, Tennis and Table Tennis schools teams set to clash.
As usual the Gauteng Sports Confederation will again provide assistance and staff to the Department of Sport to ensure that all the proceedings and festivities run smoothly throughout the games. Schools from across the province will participate for honours in the three codes.
GSC Secretary General Yaseen Lombard says such events are very important in order to encourage participations and discover talented young individuals. “It’s through such initiatives that sports stars are unearthed, five years from now someone will come up to the podium at the Olympic Games, or Wimbledon. So these initiatives are vital to development and more than that to providing holistic education and growth,” says Lombard.
For all sporting codes players will be separated through age groups with some playing in the under 13s and others playing in the under 17s group. All players must be from either public or private schools and fall into the required age groups. Foreign nationals can also be part of the games but cannot participate beyond the provincial stages. Participants were asked to arrive early for registrations; have the appropriate sports attire and each player had to have a copy of their Birth Certificates or Passports with photos.
Apart from being just a sporting event, the Summer Games will also be great for spending time with family and friends while watching sports or participating. Speaking of the importance of this event Lombard says it is also to get the youngsters to believe in their sporting abilities.
“The good thing is that at the end of it all, they will be rewarded with either Gold, Silver or Bronze medals which they can take home and keep them motivated,” says Lombard. These games strive to enhance fair play and raise awareness on healthy lifestyles.”
These games will also put the students at ease as they look to do well in their upcoming exams. “This is great for them, it will also help them to take their heads off the stressful times ahead,” concluded Lombard.