Team Western Cape in Fifth Place at School Championship
Team Western Cape ended fifth at the South African National Schools Championship (SANSC) held from 10 to 15 December 2014 in Pretoria. Only gold medals were tallied when the final positions were determined. The province ended the championship with 48 bronze, 39 silver and 26 gold medals.
In the disability sports section, gold medals were claimed by the netball hearing impaired under-19 team, intellectually impaired under-16 team and mildly mentally handicapped under-19 girls’ team. In indigenous games for disabled athletes, the provincial kgati mixed under-18 team and the juskei boys’ under-19 triples team took first place. All of these teams were composed of individual learners from schools for learners with disabilities.
In the team sports, gold medals went to the Luckhoff High School under-17 football boys who beat Gauteng 1-0 in the final, Ikhwezi Primary School under-13 hockey boys who beat Limpopo 1-0, and Herschel Girls School under-16 hockey team who won 5-3 in penalty shootout after the teams were on a 1-1 fulltime score-line. Montevideo Primary School basketball under-13 boys and girls repeated last year’s success when both teams again eased their way to victory in their respective finals. New Orleans under-16 rugby boys and the Western Cape Sports School’s under-17 volleyball girls also took gold again this year.
In the individual sport codes, Team Western Cape collected one gold medal for boys’ gymnastics, three for the cross country event and 10 for the swimming event. This was the first year that swimming, cross country, kgati and kho-kho were included in the championship.
Hockey player Ngwane Vilakazi from Ikwezi Primary School in Khayelitsha was the Western Cape’s only ministerial bursary winner. Vilakazi was also named under-13 player of the tournament.
Claude Meyer, Deputy Director of School Sport at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) thanked all those who enabled Team Western Cape to participate in the National Schools Championship. “It is indeed heartening that Team Western Cape participated in all the codes of sport as well as in indigenous games and were represented in all the categories for learners with disabilities. This in itself is an achievement and augurs well for the further promotion of school sport in our province. We are now even more focused and determined to improve on our results at the 2015 championship”, he said.