Seventh Heaven

Netcare's 7th Rehabilitation Sports day was held in Auckland Park on the 7th October 2010. More that 700 people attended the event proving, yet again, how popular this disability sports day is. It was a happy and fun-filled day and uplifted the spirits of everyone involved, especially the patients.

Netcare kindly invited rehabilitation patients from other hospitals including: Life Riverfield Lodge, Meulmed J@M Rehab, Amohelang Home and Clayton House. Other invited guests included Hope School, Francis, Rehab Works, Quad Home Tokologo, Natalspruit, Rosebank Rehab, Tshwane Rehab and the ever popular Anglo Ashanti Lions Basketball team.

The sports activities were carefully divided into categories catering for all different abilities and interests in order to accommodate all patients. The master of ceremonies, Heinrich Grimsehl, warmly welcomed everyone before officially declaring the event open, and then the fun began!

Orthopedic patients kicked the day off with a game of soccer. It soon became clear that this was not going to be a casual kick in the park. The players took the game very seriously and each patient gave one hundred percent of their best.

The highlight of every Netcare Sports Day is the volleyball challenge when ten Netcare Management able bodied staff members and 10 amputees from HG Prosthetics battle it out for the annual bragging rights. Amputees won for the second year in a row with a score of 21-16.

 Other activities included shot-putt, tug-of-war, bingo, wheelchair racing and basketball. Hilton Langenhoven, a triple gold medallist at the Beijing Paralympics was the guest of honor.

Hilton competes in the visually impaired class and has done South Africa very proud with various achievements. Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital made use of the occasion to unveil Joey the Leopard, their newly acquired mascot. Joey was very popular amongst both young and old and was often imposed upon for a photo or two.

It was great to see the level of sportsmanship and camaraderie of the participants - even a spot of rain in the afternoon failed to put a damper on the mood. Well Done Netcare. Until 2011!

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