VLCWSI and ESR treat parents to lunch

Sailors and conoeists put on a show for their parents at Germiston Lake.

The event was organised in partnership with Ekurhuleni Sports and Recreation (ESR).

Young canoeists, sailors, swimmers and rowers demonstrated their abilities to their parents, who meanwhile were treated to delicious food and cold drinks under sunny weather conditions.

Teachers, school principals and municipal representatives were also present.

MMC of Community Services, Clr Dora Mlambo, was happy to see parents taking an interest in their children’s activities.

“I think parents now realise the importance of being involved in their children’s sports. Children perform better if they see their parents giving them support.

“Our community never used to participate in water sports. So we want to start developing the children to become future champions and perhaps participate in the Olympics one day,” said Mlambo.

Mlambo said the number of learners participating in water sports will increase from 270 to 405 in September.

Rob Willcox, a manager at Victoria Lake Club, said parents didn’t know that they are supposed to be involved in their children’s sports activities.

“I am very glad to see they are now coming to the party, even if it’s just to see their children enjoying themselves in the water. At the beginning the children were afraid of entering the lake, but now they enjoy it so much that we struggle to take them out the water,” said an ecstatic Willcox.

Peter Hunter, another manager at the club, said they teach all Olympic water sports at the lake, including sailing, canoeing and rowing.

“Parents must always be there for their children. In the long run parents must join the club,” said Hunter.

Ediya Thage, one of the organisers of the event, said Ekurhuleni assists in the water sports development project. “We support learners with transport that takes them from schools to training at Germiston Lake. We also provide them with food,” said Thage.

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Aaron Damane

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