BIG BANG CELEBRATION FOR DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH AT HARDING
As South Africa began the celebration of the 2016 Disability Right Awareness Month, Harding Special School in Kwazulu-Natal celebrated the grand opening of their combo court facility last week Friday. The court, which was a generous donation by the Department of Sport and Recreation Kwazulu-Natal had the local community singing praises.
The honourable MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Mrs. Bongi Sithole-Moloi and the local leadership held a ribbon cutting to unveil the facility at the school to demonstrate that government holds the people living with disabilities in high regard.
“This school is indeed our star school, when it comes to sports excellence the school always represents us well. They are not only flying the flag for Umuziwabantu area and UGU district but the province and the country at large. We are very impressed that the school has learners making waves at national and international level hence we saw the need to provide the facility in celebration of their excellence and Disability Right Awareness Month. We are here today to open the combo court to continue to look after our people through services to change their lives and make them better,” said Mrs. Sithole-Moloi.
“Our objective is not only focused on getting children to be competitive, but to promote a healthy lifestyle and provide the best possible conditions for them to be physically active and engaged in sports,” added Mrs. Sithole-Moloi.
South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December. The month raises awareness of disability in an uplifting way, focusing on the positive contribution made by some of the country’s stars with disabilities.
Mr. Jonathon Simpson, Harding Special School Principal, school staff and learners were proud to oversee the opening of the new combo court at the school. The court is part of the schools’ ongoing plans to develop sport within the school. The school has produced multiple players including the country’s world number four wheelchair tennis junior Alwande Skhosana.
The diminutive lad from Harding in Kwazulu-Natal at just 15-years-old has shown signs of a champion. Skhosana represented the country at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in February this year in France and enjoyed international challenge when he participated in a three-week-tour in Sri Lanka and fired a salvo to all at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup.
“This facility brings real excitement and pride to the school,” said Simpson. “Our gratitude goes to the Department of Sport and Recreation for a donation of this great facility. Now our learners will be able to have their lessons here and spend more time practicing sports and keeping active”.
“Wheelchair Tennis and Harding Special School have had a long standing working relationship, whose support have helped bring us to this great event and proud owners of this new court,” added Simpson.
Anthony Moruthane, Public Relations Manager for Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA), expressed his deepest gratitude to MEC Mrs. Sithole-Moloi and local government for building the court at the school. “We are very grateful to the Department of Sport and Recreation for this great initiative to finally see the learners at Harding School get a wonderful and modern court, built to the highest standards. As WTSA we will continue to make a great contribution to a substantial development of the sport across the country,” said Moruthane.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Airports Company South Africa has contributed no less than R36-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.