Let’s Play! There’s still time to en­ter

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - — Sports Re­porter.

THE Wit­ness’ Let’s Play ini­tia­tive, which is about to pick its fifth monthly win­ner, is a way of pro­mot­ing healthy minds and bod­ies among young peo­ple.

The com­pe­ti­tion was launched jointly by The Wit­ness and Su­perS­port in March to give recog­ni­tion to Pi­eter­mar­itzburg pupils at pri­mary schools who ex­cel in sport.

Teach­ers and sports coaches at lo­cal schools are en­cour­aged to nom­i­nate sports achiev­ers from their in­sti­tu­tions each month.

The en­try form is car­ried ev­ery Thurs­day in the news­pa­per.

The Let’s Play project is sup­ported by the de­part­ments of Sport and Recre­ation and Ed­u­ca­tion, and var­i­ous spon­sors.

En­gag­ing in some sort of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity is essen­tial for chil­dren’s devel­op­ment both phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally, con­sid­er­ing that the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion says obe­sity in South African chil­dren is al­ready sit­ting at un­ac­cept­able lev­els.

The com­pe­ti­tion runs un­til the end of Novem­ber, fol­low­ing which an over­all win­ner will be cho­sen and an­nounced at a for­mal func­tion in De­cem­ber, which will be broad­cast on the Let’s Play pro­gramme on Su­perS­port.

Sports clubs in the Mid­lands, like karate, judo and swim­ming, may also nom­i­nate their ris­ing stars, but have to send the nom­i­na­tions via the pupil’s school. The cri­te­ria used by the se­lec­tion panel of The Wit­ness for the monthly award in­cludes the level of par­tic­i­pa­tion (lo­cal, re­gional, na­tional or in­ter­na­tional), sports­man­ship, con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment over time, reg­u­lar at­ten­dance of prac­tice ses­sions and the en­joy­ment thereof, a high level of par­tic­i­pa­tion at sports meet­ings, as­sist­ing oth­ers — es­pe­cially younger ones, and a happy at­ti­tude.

The Wit­ness, to­gether with Su­perS­port, en­cour­ages a healthy and ac­tive life­style among young peo­ple and the com­pe­ti­tion is for those who go the ex­tra mile in the sports arena.

Each month’s win­ner is writ­ten about in the news­pa­per, with last month’s de­serv­ing win­ner, Abby Daugh­erty, ex­press­ing much grat­i­tude for the fea­ture ar­ti­cle and prize she won — a Let’s Play ham­per filled with good­ies to the value of R700.

The monthly dead­line for the sub­mis­sion of nom­i­na­tions is the 20th.

Once again, teach­ers, sports coaches at schools and clubs are urged to get their young sports stars ac­knowl­edged. So fill in the of­fi­cial en­try form and sub­mit it to sport@wit­ness.co.za.

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