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Get active with Rhodeslympics

Date Released: Wed, 26 September 2012 14:00 +0200

Now there’s no excuse to miss out on the warm spring weather - beating your ‘opponent’ at the Rhodeslympics! In the spirit of this year’s Olympic Games, the Human Resources Division has teamed up with Rhodes Sport to host the first ever casual tournament, encouraging all staff members to get active and enjoy a friendly, early evening game... and there are prizes to be won.

Kicking off during Wellness Week , from 1-5 October, each department can register as many teams as they like to play a game of basketball, mixed netball volleyball and five-a-side soccer at the Rhodes sporting facilities.

Depending on numbers, each game will start at 5pm and finish before 6.30pm. The idea is for different departments to make up teams and get to know each other better, as well as getting fit for summer.

Organisational Development Specialist, Mr Schalk van der Merwe says that the university organises various events throughout the year based on National Wellness Institute guidelines.  These focus on six aspects, or pillars of staff wellness such as the quality of working life and emotional and spiritual health.

The Rhodeslympics naturally caters to both physical and social wellness. Wellness activities during September were dedicated to financial wellness, in partnership with FAMSA. Here staff attended one hour sessions on how to budget as well as handling garnishee orders and hire purchases. “Be the master of your own wallet” was the watchword here with the sessions serving as an introduction to becoming financially savvy.

Three points will be awarded to a team that loses by less than 50%, which places the emphasis on participation. Mr van der Merwe jokes: “So even if you think you aren’t a great sportsman or –woman, you will be rewarded for taking part.”

Sports Officer Ms Sanelisiwe Sobahle says: “It’s great way to introduce people to the different sports as well as showcasing what we as Sports Admin has to offer.” She will be participating in all four sports. “I am a netball person; but I am looking forward to trying out the sports I do not ordinary play.”

Head of Sports Admin, Mr Mandla Gagayi says he encourages staff members to use this opportunity to exercise “as most of them do not have time to exercise regularly,” adding that a strong workforce is a healthy workforce”.

Registration is open until 28 September and forms may be found at www.ru.ac.za/sportsadmin or by emailing Ms Sobahle on s.sobahle@ru.ac.za

By Anna-Karien Otto

Photo: Head of Sport Admin, Mr Mandla Gagayi