31 March  , 2024  

MBOMBELA - Team Mpumalanga go into this year’s edition of the High Schools Athletics National School Sport Championships in Paarl, Western Cape with one aim - to improve on their 2023 showing. “As a province, we have been working hard in preparation for the championships and we are confident our efforts will pay off,” says the department’s spokesperson, Sibongile Nkosi. At the 2023 championships in Germiston, Gauteng, the team performed well with a third-place finish in the Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) category after collecting 27 medals (16 gold, four silver and seven bronze). In the mainstream category, the team was placed fifth, with a tally of 21 medals (five gold, five silver and 11 bronze). This year the championships will take place at Dal Josaphat Stadium from 3 to 6 April. Nkosi adds that the class of 2024 will be out to build on the success of Germiston by notching up podium finishes in both the LSEN and mainstream categories. Team Mpumalanga will be represented by 194 athletes in the following disciplines: Track (sprints, middle distance, hurdles, and relays) Field (long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault,) Throw (shot put, discus, javelin, hammer) The National School Sport Championships are delivered by the departments of Culture, Sport and Recreation and Basic Education. Government views school sport as the bedrock of sport development and it remains the premier event in the South African school sport calendar.