The Gauteng Sports Confederation together with the provincial Department of Sport and Recreation has once again joined forces to organize the Provincial Summer Games that takes place from 16 to 24 October.
As usual, the GSC provided assistance and staff to the Department of Sport to ensure that all the proceedings and festivities ran smoothly throughout the games. Schools and hundreds of pupils from across the province participated for honours, from Tshwane to Johannesburg, Sedibeng to Ekurhuleni.
Boys and girls from U-13 to U-18 took part in gymnastics, table tennis, tennis, basketball and softball at various venues and the solid preparation that went into the events ensured their success.
The GSC made sure that the age groups and number of players was monitored, and that there were sufficient officials to supervise and advise at the various venues and events. Participants were asked to arrive early for registration, to be appropriately dressed for their particular sport and each player had to have a copy of their birth certificates or passport, with photos.
GSC secretary general Yaseen Lombard said the importance of such games lay in the opportunities they offered the youth across Gauteng. “Success at sport starts in these early days and the competition offered by these games is both enjoyable and prepares young people for greater things.”
The other benefit that Lombard mentioned was that kids who take part in sport also usually do better academically.
“If they are using their energy on the sports field and achieving results, it is easy for them to transfer that feeling of achievement to the classroom. Also, as end of year exams approach, sport and competitions which give participants something to aim for helps to take their minds off any stress they might be experiencing.”
Gold, silver and bronze medals were up for grabs, and Lombard believes that medals won at games like these also keep the youth motivated. “These games enhance fair play and raise awareness of healthy lifestyles,” he reminded players, parents and staff.