Message from Minister Mbombo to Participants of the Western Cape Golden Games
Media Statement by Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport.
The Golden Games represent all that is good about our country and our people. The formidable spirit that our senior citizens demonstrate when they defy age and challenge themselves to play sport is truly inspiring.
At the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), we are committed to the Golden Games as an expression of the value we place on lifelong sport, activity and mass participation in sport in the Western Cape.
My Department continues to support these games because we prioritise care, support, protection and development of vulnerable groups and people with special needs, including older persons.
Our older persons have done the Western Cape proud at the national Golden Games event. The men and women who are participating today are setting the bar high for younger sportspeople.
You are all examples of the truth that nobody is ever too old to strive for excellence. You set an example to all of us of how a healthy life is a key to a happy life. I hope that our youth will look up to you with the same admiration as I feel.
American entrepreneur and author Jim Rohn once said, “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don't, you’ll find an excuse”. By choosing to be here today, you have shown that you are not content to find excuses for not participating in sport.
I wish participants all the best. May the spirit of healthy competition guide you all to reach your personal goals.