Olympic Spirit Flies High in Albertinia
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) in partnership with Hessequa Municipality and the Western Cape Provincial Sport Confederation hosted the Olympic Day at the Albertinia Sports Stadium on 24 September 2015.
A total of 320 learners from various schools in the Eden District attended the day. The day was the culmination of a three-month travelling exhibition during which towns such as Oudtshoorn, Ladismith and Vanwyksdorp were visited. The aim of the exhibition and the Olympic Day was to educate the learners from Albertinia about the values of the Olympics and to encourage them to take part in sport. The learners had the opportunity to take part in various workshops, including baseball, gymnastics, cycling, golf, athletics and boxing.
The learners were all very excited to take part in the day of sporting fun. “We are excited to meet the Olympic stars and to learn about the Olympics,“ said Nicrechia Jacobs from Slangrivier Primary.
Former Olympic Athlete, Isabel Le Roux gave the learners a few words of encouragement. “It is possible for any child to make it to the top in sport. It takes a lot of sacrifice and hard work. “she said. She also reminded the participants to make use of every opportunity given to them.
Mr Bennet Bailey from DCAS gave a brief history of the Olympics and the importance of the Olympic Flag. "Everything that we do, we should do with dignity and respect for others" he said.
Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport Anroux Marais sent words of encouragement to the learners and reminded them of the values of the Olympics and how they apply to our everyday lives.
DCAS shows its commitment to creating opportunities for the youth of the Western Cape to learn about sports and to reach for their sporting dreams, BETTER TOGETHER.