Team claims second position

MBOMBELA–Astrong showing by Mpumalanga gymnasts propelled the province to finish second at this year’s Summer Games, which were held in Johannesburg.

Local gymnasts won medals in the different categories of gymnastics to ensure that Mpumalanga dominate the discpline for a second year running. The likes of Zakhele Makamo, Sindile Sithole, Palesa Mathe, Linda Matentjie, Faith Malepe, Nomzamo Kgwedi, Mbuli Mahlalela, Amanda Msongwela, Nomsa Mtshweni and Neo Sepogoane were among the medals and help the province to finish second in the nine-province tournament in which the athletes were fighting for top honours in the following sporting codes: cricket, gymnastics, basketball, rugby 7s, table tennis, morabaraba, goalball and kgati. The Summer Games were held in Johannesburg from 10 to 14.

“We are excited by the results and it shows that hard work pays off,” says Culture, Sport and Recreation MEC, Norah Mahlangu. The MEC continued, “I want to congratulate the athletes who made it possible for Team Mpumalanga to claim second position.”

Team Mpumalanga defied all the odds to finish second and in the process beating stronger provinces such as Gauteng and Western Cape and this is attributed to all the codes contributing with medals. The team’s other medals came from basketball, kgati, morabaraba and rugby. “Team Mpumalanga was impressive in the tournament and it is shows in the final standings. The new format in which the SA School Sport Championship is divided into three legs has put the province in good stead. The province will build on this results and go for top honours in future,” explains the department’s spokeperson, Sibongile Nkosi.

The Summer Games is the last leg of the school sport calendar, which started with the Autumn Games in Bloemfontein (in March) and followed by the Winter Games in Durban (in July) and concluded with the Summer Games in Johannesburg.