NETBALL TOURNAMENT GETS UNDERWAY IN THE SA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Written by: Venal Naidu and Preleen Alexandria Pillay
The netball tournament in the South African Sports Championships kicked off at Hoy Park in North Beach on Sunday the 10th July.
The tournament had teams from the nine different provinces being put up against each other. The teams were selected from various schools around their respective provinces.
The netball tournament was divided into four different groups under 16 mainstream (abled body), intellectually impaired, deaf and the mildly mentally handicapped.
President of Schools Netball South Africa, Di Woolley, said that the tournament was a great chance for kids to show off their skills.
“This tournament is a culmination of our provincial selection. I think it is an awesome opportunity for the children, particularly the disabled kids, because they don’t get the same opportunity as others and I think it’s a wonderful initiative that government has put in,” said Woolley.
“At the end of tournament a national Under 16 team will be selected to represent South Africa at the COSASA Games in Lesotho,” Woolley added.
Coach of an intellectually impaired KwaZulu-Natal netball team, Bux Hlophe, said that it took a long time to get the team to where they should be and emphasised that sport and academics go together.
“It takes about 2 to 3 years to get the team playing well together. Once they are good, they are good. This sport also helps them with academics, sometimes they don’t want to come to school but because they know they playing sport they come,” said Hlophe.
Captain of the Western Cape under 16 team, Georgina Kapa, said that it was a privilege for her team and her to be in Durban for the tournament.
“It’s a really big honour to be playing here, it is a dream come true, netball is a passion and I’m just glad we can share it with people who love it as much as we do,” said Kapa.
The championships are currently taking place over a six-day period with it ending on Friday the 14th.
Various venues across Durban will be playing host; the Durban University of Technology will be hosting the volleyball tournament, football will be taking place at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College, chess will be taking place at Brettenwood High School, Tennis at West Ridge Tennis Park and Hockey at Queensmead.
*Caption: Gauteng and Limpopo fight for the ball near the net.