As June 2019 marks 25 years of democracy in South Africa and the start of Youth Month, Western Province Athletics (WPA) undertook a unique initiative for the Western Cape and hosted a WPA 5km and 3km Youth Challenge for school kids Grade 1 to Grade 12 on the 8th June 2019.
This event was initiated to celebrate Youth Day and Month, with youngsters of all cultures and backgrounds invited to take part, with the premise of a fun-filled and action packed event.
WPA President, Lester Cameron, remarked that, “The aim was to build better and stronger relationships with schools in the Western Cape communities, to identify young up and coming talent in the disadvantaged communities and to promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle.”
The event took place on the 8th June 2019 at the Parow Athletics Track from 09:00 to 14:00.
Schools with the most participating entries won prizes (NO CASH) to the value of:
- 1st Place received a prize to the value of R7500
- 2nd Place received a prize to the value of R5000
- 3rd Place received a prize to the value of R2500
Entry for kids was free and parents could enter the 3km at R30 per parent.
The turnout at the event was very positive with hundreds of kids and parents in attendance. The event was also filled with activities and entertainment with food vendors available to cater for all necessary needs.
Cameron elaborated on the federation’s plan with regards to this event, “WPA’s vision is to build and invite thousands of kids every year to celebrate youth month. We are glad our partners and sponsors came on board to support this initiative, without their support, it would not have been possible for all the kids to enjoy this day.
WPA plans to have future events to try and get communities involved to encourage kids to see that athletics is not just for old people, that anyone can participate, that one could have a future in the sport career wise.”
Issued By WPA
Photo Credit: Roger Sedres