Botshabelo elderly get moving and shaking

Elderly citizens spent the day exploring new ways to keep their aging bodies healthy. PHOTO: LEBAKENG NKABI

The Botshabelo Sports Council recently held an elderly citizen sports day at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo. The event started with the screening of blood sugar and blood pressure, and with that in check, the activities began.

The grannies took part in sport activities such as junkie, ring stick, duck walk, passing the ball, ball relay, dress up, goal shooting and rugby-ball throw, to name a few. The aim was to get more grandmothers and grandfathers exposed to new ways of having fun while exercising.

The president of the metro’s senior citizens, Mohutsia Mathopa, told Voice that they came there to select an elderly team that will be representing Botshabelo in the provincial games in Thaba Nchu on 25 August. “We go to all the regions in the province to select granny teams and are happy with the turnout of grannies, even those who came just to see what we are doing and to see which games are best suited for them to partake in,” said Mathopa.

He added that they have elderly teams in four areas, Botshabelo, Bloemfontein, Thaba Nchu and Wepenerpresident of the metro’s senior citizens, Mohutsia Mathopa. “We are going to get them together in Bethlehem in September so that we can select a team that will represent the province at national level,” he said.

“We have won numerous trophies – gold and silver medals – in Secunda, Mpumalanga, and our grannies have also represented us well during the nationalcompetitions which were held in Kimberly last year. They came first and won gold medals for their efforts,” he boasted.

Thabo Raseledi (78) told Voice that exercise is important to him as it keeps him healthy. “At my age I can run a 100-m and 200-m races. I have represented Botshabelo and Mangaung Metro at national level in Mpumalanga and I would encourage other grannies to come and join the different teams all over Botshabelo. Exercising is very important. It lowers the
chances of getting chronic diseases such as high blood and sugar diabetes.” – Lebakeng Nkabi