Sports for People with disability week got away on Saturday with a wheelchair basketball game at the Polytechnic in Blantyre. The event, organised by Malawi Paralympics Committee (MPC), saw black spider narrowly beat Wheel Warriors 9-8.
Black Spider captain Thoko Goodson, who scored four of his team’s baskets, said it was encouraging to have a good number of people watching . ” I enjoyed the game not only because I steered my team to victory, but because there were some people who cheered us on. It is my plea, therefore, that after the week we should be engaged in matches frequently, ” he said. Wheel Warriors captain Chikumbutso Billy agreed with Goodson that the game was important in building relationships, confidence and self- esteem.
” Despite our defeat, we are not losers because we have gained a lot from our involvement in the game, ” he said
According to MPC president James Chiutsi, they will do their best to engage the disabled in sporting activities.
Chiutsi said ” Sport also teaches independence while encouraging hard work. This is why we ask the corporate world and other stakeholders to help us organise more activities for the physically challenged people.”
The wheelchair basketball game marked the beginning of ‘Sport for people with Disability week’ that will see various sporting activities among physically challenged people across the country until October 1
Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) executive secretary George Jana watched the game.
Article extracted from The Nation (Malawi Newspaper) authored by Solomon Manda
Photo by Ismail Kezaala