October 18, 2013 | Africa: South Africa

Special Olympics South Africa and PGA host regional Golf Championships

By Mmane Boikanyo

Special Olympics South Africa, The PGA of South Africa and the Royal Kensington Golf Club teamed up once again to host the 2013 Special Olympics South Africa Regional Golf Championship on 7 October 2013. With approximately 150 athletes competing in individual skills contest, 9-hole and 18-hole Unified Golf with Special Olympic athletes and partners. Special Olympics Zimbabwe also joined in on the fun by bringing eight athletes to participate in the competition. The PGA has adopted Special Olympics South Africa as its CSI project and the two organisations have been working together for the past eight years. “The PGA of South Africa values the partnership with Special Olympics South Africa as it affords the PGA the opportunity to enhance the golfing ability and lives of the athletes through the special bonds that the game of golf promotes” says Ivano Ficalbi, PGA of SA Chief Executive. Athlete Kgauhelo Lebina from Waverly Care Centre admitted that it wasn’t easy learning how to play Golf but she learnt a valuable lesson. "What the Special Olympics South Africa Golf Competition taught me is that as a human being you mustn't tell yourself that you have failed before you have tried. You must have confidence and believe in yourself. You must tell yourself that I am going to win, I am going to make it!" she shared.

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