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- Updated: September 28, 2014
The spirit of unity and Olympism were evident as a crowd of all ages thronged to Kopanong Sports Complex in Ivory Park, Johannesburg on Saturday to take part in various activities in a hugely successful celebration of Olympic Day.
Move, Learn and Discover were the three main pillars of Olympic Day.
The local schools, members of the community, Olympians and Paralympians participated in the 8-kilometre and 5km fun run and walk, which saw 22-year old Phillimon Matiba from Thembisa place first in the race.
The day was a good platform for our elite athletes to interact with the children and they had great discussions on their achievements and importance of values.
This interaction was urging the children to aspire to participate in the Youth Olympics or Olympic Games and to stay away from crime. Some of South Africa’s leading athletes, from a variety of sporting codes who participated in the day’s activities included: James Schultz, Siyabulela Mabulu, Siphiwe Lusizi, Thulani Mbenge, Samantha McIntosh, Byron Forsberg and Khotso Mokoena.
Other fun sport activities on the day included: gymnastics/aerobics, karate, netball, five-a-side football, and a display by a representative from Virgin Active on special fitness exercises. It was impressive to see South Africa’s senior citizens take part in some aerobics and gymnastics.
Said Sports and Recreation South Africa (SRSA), Honourable minister, Fikile Mbalula: ‘We encourage you to participate in sports so that you become people of substance. The athletes who are present here today are true examples of people who are successful and have done well in sport thus you should follow suit.
‘Stay away from drugs, teenage pregnancy, alcoholism and instead concentrate on sport and your education,’ he added.
SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy also expressed his appreciation to the community who took their time to come and participate in the day’s activities. He echoed the Minister’s sentiments and encouraged the community members to uphold Olympic Values and use sport as a tool to fight crime, which is rive amongst the youth.
SASCOC thanked all stakeholders who made the day a success especially SuperSport for donating 600 balls, E for Exec, City of Johannesburg, the Gauteng Province, SRSA, media and the community at large.
Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen