Sports activities included tug of war, shot putt relay, egg and spoon race, dodgeball, balloon stomp and relay races.
Staff also participated in a warm-up session of Zumba – an exercise programme that combines fast and slow rhythms using principles from aerobic and fitness programmes to achieve cardio and muscle-toning benefits.
The Blue Fire team won with an impressive score line. Said team captain Ms Ruth Danster: ‘Sports Day is a great way to get employees out of their comfort zones and interact with each other. The end result is that staff productivity and concentration levels are boosted… and it’s also a lot of fun.’
Said vice-captain Mr Rogers Ganesan: ‘The team worked hard together to achieve victory. There was great co-operation all round and we selected the right contestants for the right races!’
Among those cheering on the teams was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize. ‘It was a wonderful day, full of camaraderie,’ said Mkhize. ‘It is not often that College staff get together for social events and this was really a fun-filled occasion. As they say, a healthy mind needs a healthy body. All the teams did well – I was pleasantly surprised by the talent on display. I thank those colleagues who stayed behind to keep the College running. They too were winners.’
The acting Director of Professional Services Mrs Shantha Maharaj added: ‘The College staff are located on three campuses and this was an excellent opportunity to bring together those who don’t usually interact with each other. The day offers a great opportunity for employees to get away from their desks, change their mind sets and meet colleagues. Congratulations to the winning team and well done to the participants from the other teams for their competitive spirit and sportsmanship.’
The College Sports Committee plans to introduce indigenous events next year to showcase the diversity that exists in the College. This will also help everyone to understand different cultures and learn new games.