Youth Day Celebrated Through Sport At Olympic Roadshow In Philadelphia
The Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect were highlighted at the Olympic Roadshow hosted in celebration of Youth Day on Thursday 16 June 2016. The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) together with the community of Philadelphia joined forces and staged this spectacular event at the Meulenhof Primary School in Philadelphia (Metro District).
The Olympic Roadshow is one of the build-ups to the main Olympic Day event, which is scheduled to take place in the Cape Winelands later this year. The programme for the day consisted of Olympic Education, Social Awareness discussions, Sport and Recreational Activities and in keeping with the Olympic Roadshow tradition, the lighting of the torch to signify the beginning of the games.
The programme was dedicated to boys and girls aged 9 – 12 years and girls aged 13 – 17 years. The youth came from different areas within Philadelphia to join the fun and games that were planned for them. The games included a mini Olympics, consisting of activities such as relay and skipping and indigenous games such as morabaraba and nekkies.
Zaghra Savahl, a Sport Promotion Officer responsible for the roll-out of Olympic projects, said the Olympic Roadshow in Philadelphia truly illustrated the essence of the Olympic Spirit, while paying tribute to the youth in commemoration of Youth Day. “Children had fun developing skills for sport and recreation while at the same time discovering the culture and meaning behind the Olympic Games. The community of Philadelphia along with the staff of DCAS did a superb job in executing a successful Roadshow and we look forward to continuing with the Olympic Movement across the Province,” she said.
The Department will continue to promote the Olympic Movement across the province and the Olympic Torch will now make its way to the Eden District where it will spread the Olympic Spirit.
Let us continue to support the youth in their endeavours to try and combat social ills through sport and recreation in the Western Cape BETTER TOGETHER.