UWC hosts first Western Cape Inter-Varsity Sport Event
The University of the Western Cape (UWC) was abuzz at the weekend when athletes from neighbouring universities converged on campus for the inaugural Western Cape Inter-Varsity Sport Games.
The two-day event, from 23 to 24 September 2016, saw sportspeople from UWC, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) , University of Cape Town (UCT) and Stellenbosch University (Maties) competing in no less than 11 different sport codes.
After winning chess, cross country, netball, sevens rugby and becoming joint winners in cricket in the individual codes, UWC accumulated the most combined points to emerge as overall winners, followed by CPUT in second place, while Maties and UCT finished joint third. The individual sport code results also saw CPUT coming on top in basketball, football and table tennis; Maties won swimming and beach volleyball, and UCT took home hockey and joined the hosts in winning cricket.
Mandla Gagayi, director of UWC Sport Administration, said the purpose of the event is to establish and strengthen relations among the four universities with regards to sport, to provide opportunities for students to interact through fun but competitive activities, and to allow for the transfer of knowledge and skills with regards to hosting multi-coded sport events.
The event also aims to provide a platform for participants to learn best practice from each other, to test each university’s sports strength against other universities, and to maximize on sponsorships potential.
With the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declaring 20 September as International University Sports Day, the Inter-Varsity was also used to celebrate this day, albeit belatedly.