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President’s Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam
- Updated: October 2, 2013
After the launch of the National Sports Awards on SABC and Metro FM, it was again time to connect with what is happening on the ground.
First up was the Tshwane Sports Council meeting at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.┬áIt was a well organised Annual General Meeting and all the necessary documentation was ready for the delegates to pick up. It started on time and Executive must be commended for the sleek way in which they conducted their business.
Sports Councils are going to be the life blood of sports in this country. ┬áPeople want to get information quickly and they also want to know what the leaders are doing.
They can get all the answers around sport if we have the Sports Councils that can provide the answers.
Then it was off to the East London where the running of the Legends Marathon between East London and King William’s Town took place. It was freezing cold but the lovers of road running were there in their numbers. This race is going to be huge in the future and the organisers can pat ┬áthemselves on their backs for a job well done.
Border women’s rugby also got an opportunity to put one past their friends from the Western Cape. The ladies from Border made history by annexing the trophy from their more favoured opponents and by the look of things, they are going to hang on to that trophy for some years to come.
They are in a class of their own and it is good to see our women play so well when fully prepared for a game.
By doing these rounds one is able to get a better understanding when presidents talk at Council meetings.
The challenges in some areas are huge but then again you drive around in Cape Town and surrounding areas and you see that the infrastructure for sport is not that all bad. There are areas where it is neglected like the rugby field in the Strand with a collapsed wall, but on the whole the facilities are there.
Our role is to guide the National Federations to be on the look-out for these facilities and encourage their members to use them.
This weekend, during the Olympic Day Fun Run/Walk we will be able to see what we have in the areas around Hermanus.