The department of sport, recreation, arts and culture (Dsrac) has led more than 350 Eastern Cape pupils (EC) learners to participate at the National Schools Sport Winter Championships Winter Games, that started on Monday and continues until Friday in Durban.
“These future athletes are representing the province of the Eastern Cape as, #TeamEC in seven different sporting codes; tennis, rugby, chess, hockey, football, netball and volleyball. This team constitutes both able-bodied and physically challenged athletes,” Dsrac communication manager, Andile Nduna said.
He said the annual South African Schools National Championships culminates from a controlled league programme where various pupilsschool learners competed against each other and progress from local, circuit, district and provincial levels – therefore qualifying to attend the Cchampionships.
Participants in these Cchampionships emanates from both primary and secondary schools. , including the disabled learners.
Dsrac MEC Fezeka Bayeni, has a keen interest in the development of school sports. programme.
“Schools sports remains the bedrock for sport development and as such, amongst all the programmes, the department is mandated to deliver services which are biased towards school sports. The Eastern Cape will continue to make an indelible mark in the national school sport championships – winter games, summer games and autumn games,” Bayeni said.
“When they left their respective districts to KwaZulu-Natal to participate in those games, they took with them the aspirations and pride of the people of the Eastern Cape people.
“When they wear their provincial sporting colours know that they are us and we are them and as the Home of