Young gamer does SA proud with bronze medal

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - JBJ RE­PORTER

TSHEDZA Mashe­leni is only 6 years old but that did not stop him tak­ing part in an eS­ports con­test.

Tshedza be­came the youngest eS­ports ath­lete when he took part in Mind Sports SA’s ( MSSA) provin­cial cham­pi­onships con­test at Fakkel School in the Free State town of Sa­sol­burg.

Be­ing a big fan of the Street Fighter V game, Tshedza came third in the pri­mary school di­vi­sion. He was brim­ming with pride to get a bronze medal.

MSSA spokesman Colin Web­ster said lit­tle Tshedza might be­come one of South Africa’s bright­est minds and big­gest stars over the next decade or two and MSSA would be with him all the way be­cause they be­lieved in­volve­ment in ac­tiv­i­ties like com­puter gaming was one way to give kids a sense of pur­pose and achieve­ment.

● MSSA is an af­fil­i­ate of the South African Con­fed­er­a­tion of Sports and Olympic Com­mit­tee. It is re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing and pro­mot­ing board games ( such as backgam­mon, Diplo­macy, check­ers, draughts and Morabaraba), card games, eS­ports (whether they are played on cell­phones, con­soles or per­sonal com­put­ers), ro­bot­ics and his­tor­i­cal fig­ure games ( also known as war games).

MSSA can be con­tacted at mind­sportssa@iafrica.com.

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