KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Amanda Bani-Mapena today attended the last of the two days of the KZN Aquatics Junior Championship Swimming Gala at Kings Park Pools to give a word of encouragement and to award medals to winners of various categories. KZNDAC is a major sponsor of the championship and Bani-Mapena was accompanied by the newly-elected President of the KZN Aquatics, Ms Claudine Ramaholi. Bani-Mapena said as provincial government and as the KZNDSAC all manner of sporting codes are close to our sports development agenda.
“While swimming is still viewed as an elite sport, we want to also introduce it to our communities and make it as popular as any other sporting code. That’s why in our township and rural areas recreational spaces we need infrastructure and even at our schools. Secondly, we need a professional and technical approach to the development of swimmers,” she said.
The MEC said that through our recently relaunched School Sport programme we will be able to tap into a wider pool of budding swimmers in the coming years to inspire the next generation of swimmers.