Gauteng hosts national summer games for schools

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

Gauteng will once again play host to the National Summer Games for Primary and High Schools, with most events taking place in Tshwane.

This yearly tournament takes place from Saturday until Tuesday, and about 4500 children from all nine provinces will descend on the University of Pretoria to outmaneuver each other in a range of sporting codes. The opening ceremony takes place at the University of Pretoria's Mamelodi campus on Saturday at 5pm.

Tshwane has successfully hosted these games before in 2005 and last year.

The games' media liaison officer, Agsie Pillay, said there has been a marked improvement in performance, because children would first compete at Under-13 level, and then progressively improve throughout until they reach the Under-15 stage.

Table tennis and volleyball will be hosted at the Groenkloof campus, and basketball at St Mary's School.

The wheelchair basketball teams will clash at the Pretoria West Disabled Centre, while tennis will be played at the main Campus.

The venue for softball is Crafford stadium, and baton twirling will be held in Mamelodi.

Gymnastics will take place in Centurion and Ekurhuleni's Boksburg Athletic Stadium will host all baseball matches.