Anroux Marais, Minister of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) officially opened a new netball court at Outeniqua Park on Saturday and thanked George Municipality and the Eden Sport Council for all their efforts in promoting sports as well as the teams that take part in sports.
“Our women in sport are too few.” Marais asked women to take part in netball and live healthier lives.
She also announced that Cape Town, Western Cape is bidding for the 2013 World Netball Championships. “It is only us and New Zealand that is bidding. New Zealand is good but I am not going to be put off by that. I pray and believe we will get is, there is power in prayer,” the Minister said.
She also asked the clubs to look after the courts. “The courts give you as players an opportunity to have a healthy lifestyle. I want to see that these courts deliver top athletes,” Marais said.
Cllr Sean Snyman, Portfolio Councillor for Sport in the George Municipality, said the Council wants to get especially the youth involved in sports as it is a unifying factor. “It is one of the ways young people can learn how to tolerate other people. You learn discipline in sports. We learn to keep our individuality and learn how to be team players. Netball is one of those sports where you can learn to be better as a team.
Desmond Speelman, Chairperson of the Eden Sport Council thanked the government for doing so much for the Garden Route District. He asked the clubs to also take responsibility for the facilities and look after it. He thanked the George Municipality for all the developments for sports.
Photo: Minister of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), Anroux Marais cuts the ribbon on the new netball court at Outeniqua Park. With her are all the dignitaries from DCAS, George Municipality, netball clubs and the Eden u/21 senior players, who played the first friendly match on the court.