South Africa, Mpumalanga: It was indeed a beautiful display of talent, strength, and endurance as school athletes competed during the Provincial Secondary Schools Athletics Championships held in Secunda at the Lillian Ngoyi Stadium, Goven Mbeki Local Municipality on Saturday, 11 March 2023.
Various sporting codes featured in this championship, including, amongst others, long, triple and high jumps, shot putt, discus, and javelin throws, as well as 100, 400 and 3000 metres hurdles for boys and girls under the age of 15, 17 and 19 as well as Learners with Special Educational Needs (LSEN).
The Mpulamnga province athletics championships are a culmination of the school’s athletics programme, following schools competing at an inter-school, circuit, district, and provincial level.
The Province has used this sporting event to select a team that will represent the Province at the national level. Athletics form part of the Curriculum Enrichment Programmes, which contributes towards the development of physical fitness that has a positive impact on learners’ health and wellness.
The programme also promotes teamwork and social skills and teaches learners about fair play and respect for rules, other athletes, and officials. The school’s sports programme also promotes unity among learners as athletes from different schools, backgrounds, and cultures gathered in Secunda to demonstrate their athletic prowess.
Mpumalanga’s finest will proceed to represent the Province in the National Championships scheduled to be held in Gauteng, Germiston, in April 2023.
The Mpumalanga Department of Education congratulates all athletes who have taken part and wishes well all those who have been selected to represent the Province at the national level.
Residents of the Mpumalanga Department of education were happy and left positive comments in the Official Comment Section of the community website. One of the users ‘Zama Shabangy’, said, “I am proud to say that my brother will be representing Mpumalanga this year and congratulations to all the athletes.”