YOU ARE AS OLD AS YOU FEEL
*Caption: Senior citizens who excelled in the 800m at the 2016 KZN Golden Games
Written by: Menelisi Ndwandwe and Zama Ngcoya
It was all fun and games at the Kings Park Athletics Stadium when the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation hosted the Golden Games for the elderly.
According to Mike Mthembu, the Director for Organised Recreation at the Department of Sports in KZN, the gathering was aimed at achieving two primary objectives.
“There are two main issues that we are trying to address. The first one is promoting an active, healthy lifestyle. In South Africa we want to see a healthier nation as we are being ranked amongst the top obese nations in the world so we want to turn that around as it not only affect young people,” he said.
“Senior citizens from various districts in KwaZulu-Natal competed in the different track events such as the 400m and 200m races, relay and many others,” added Mthembu.
Daphney Memela, acting chairperson for KwaZulu-Natal Senior Citizen Forum lauded the organisational processes leading to these games.
“We started from wards, municipalities, districts and now we are on a provincial level. The enthusiasm remains the same and when we get to national (Limpopo) next month, we are optimistic about medals in our cabinet,” said Memela.
Ntombizodwa Ndlovu, whom Journalimiziko team caught up with immediately after winning her 100m heat, said proper planning prevails.
“I exercise almost every day and it has become a routine that I run around my village in the morning. I feel healthy and I encourage the youth to follow on our footsteps,” she said.
“I am hoping the Almighty will give me strength, to go and perform next month. The age is no longer on our side but we keep on pushing,” she added.
Overall there were 17 sporting codes, Zululand District was victorious in all categories of track and field. Meanwhile Ethekwini dominated in passing the ball.