481 Learners with SID participated in the Elite Games namely Fosil Soccer, Netball and Basketball, preparing these learners for International Games organized by the international Sports Union for athletes with down syndrome.
The event was blessed by a warm welcome and opening devotions from the Colleagues Chris Hani West Education District, Inclusive Education, Chief Education Specialist, Dr. Namhla Khonyani-Bam who said, "The Collaboration between the ECDoE, Provincial Sports Confederation and Eastern Cape Sports Association for Intellectual Impaired Athletes, is building a disciplined nation by just giving playing opportunity to the learners, so let’s keep up the good work, this is excellent, therefore, do not stop, keep moving; the rewards you will reap will be evident and more children suffering from substance abuse will learn from you and see the need to be committed, playing sport does saves lives."
The Eastern Cape Department of Education, Inclusive Education Director, Simon Ncapayi, felt welcome as today we are here to showcase talent of these young kids, who are standing a chance to be selected for the Provincial Team going to the national elite championships to participate in the Global Games Organized in Vichy, France in 2023."
Also present at the event was the Provincial Sports Confederation, Luzuko Ndinise Chris Han Sports Confederation said, "Building partnership with the Department of Education basically will ensure access and activities to the athletes within our schooling system thus motivating scholars and educators to feel free to get advice in sport and enhance athletes’ abilities to create a winning community and or nation."
Speaking on behalf of the Learners was Thembisa Special School, Lihle Ntsibantu (18) he said, It is with pleasure to see the attention that we get as learners With Severe Intellectual Disorder getting attention from the Department and present stakeholders, We wish that other Departments can also come to the party to uplift our spirits."