South Africa retained their title as champions of the Confederation of University and College Sports Association Games in Botswana last month, returning home with 59 medals.
Madibaz director of sport Yoliswa Lumka, who was deputy head of the SA delegation, said it was a highly successful week for the team, upping their medals tally from the 31 they claimed in Zimbabwe two years ago.
The Games, which are held biennially, took place in Gaborone from June 18 to 23.
Lumka said among the highlights for the SA squad were the 19 medals from the table tennis team and the relay victory in the 4 x 400m men’s race after the baton was knocked out of the first runner’s hand.
“They had to make up about 100 metres, but they still managed to win by about 20 metres!” she said.
Lumka said it was an honour to be involved with the national structures.
“To be able to lead South Africa to international tournaments, to provide guidance and support, and to come home with the sort of success we had is always rewarding.”
She feels it is important for Madibaz directors and managers to be involved with regional, provincial and national structures.
“This gives us a broader landscape to evaluate where we are as an institution and allows us to assess what we need to do to ensure that more of our athletes compete on the national and international stages.”