The Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital has good reason to be proud after their recent successful Sports Day.

Charles de Kock, the catering manager at the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital and the man in charge of organising the event, says: “Sports Day 2014 was a huge success as we had over 300 participants taking part. We were honoured to have stars such as Lucas Sithole and Adri Visser present. They could tell their story of Hope to the rest of the participants living with disabilities.”

The Aim of the Sports Day was to prove that people with Disabilities can live a normal life regardless of their disabilities.

The day created a fun and friendly environment for patients undergoing physical rehabilitation from across Gauteng and makes healthcare workers, medical professionals, suppliers and family members aware of the rehabilitation process and the services on offer. It also gives successfully rehabilitated individuals the opportunity to share their success and motivate others currently receiving physical rehabilitation.

The day was structured around fun and competitive activities for all participants, regardless of their level of disability. It showcased the positive effect that participation in physical activities and sport have on people in general, but especially people living with disabilities. Many of the participants come from disadvantaged communities and have few resources, Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital tried to make the day really meaningful for them by focusing on potential and possibilities.

Participants from Anglo Gold Mine, Western Deep Levels (Amohelang Home), patients at the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital, Natalspruit, Tshwane Rehab, Meulmed (Summit Rehab), Life New Kensington, Woodside Sanctuary, Headway Gauteng and others competed in a variety of events.

Some of the activities included:

  • Wheelchair Basketball & rugby
  • Wheelchair Races
  • Obstacle Races
  • Volley Ball
  • Soccer
  • Tug of War
  • Bingo and games for patients with neurological deficits.