Better Together Games on West Coast a Big Success
A unifying sporting “gees” brought public servants from the West Coast together at the Better Together Games held at the Saldanha Naval Base on Friday, 12 October 2012. This was one of four regional Better Together Games events to be held in various parts of the Western Cape this year.
Thousands of employees from the provincial government, municipality, Special Forces, Air Force, Police Service and Navy displayed their sporting talents and enjoyed forming friendships through participating in soccer, netball, cricket, chess, athletics and a variety of other sports and indigenous games. One of the highlights was a 5 km road race and a 2 km fun walk with scenic views of the ocean at Saldanha.
This was the first time that the Better Together Games had been hosted on the West Coast. Mr Cornelius Malgas of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport regional office said that the day’s events brought public servants together to promote healthy lifestyles and to strengthen partnerships on the sports field as well as in the workplace. “I’m confident that the participants left with a sense of belonging and a sense of pride in being a public servant who is committed to teamwork and a healthy lifestyle,” Malgas said.
For most participants, the games led to a fun-filled and relaxing day away from a busy work schedule. Sonja Erasmus from the Department of Agriculture said that the sports day made her feel proud to be a public servant. “I’ve made new friends. The activities created excitement in our team to compete in a healthy way, as well as to have fun. It was really a great idea to have these activities on the West Coast,” she said.
The Western Cape Government provides support for sport and recreational games to encourage the public and civil servants to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The Better Together Games for public servants from the Cape Metropole will be held at the University of the Western Cape in Bellville on Friday, 19 October 2012.