Every learner can participate
Unity College, as a Special Olympics South Africa affiliate, takes extra murals seriously with the main emphasis on Special Olympics sporting codes like bocce*, soccer, chess, volleyball and swimming. We take all our learners into account, regardless of the nature of their challenge or disability. Every learner can find something to participate it, courtesy of the Special Olympics sporting codes.
*Bocce (also known as Italian lawn bowling) is a Special Olympics official game governed by Special Olympics rules. It is played mainly by the low functioning athletes. Unity College has embraced bocce as one of our major sporting codes and as a result, a standard bocce court is under construction at the school for both training and Special Olympics events. The court is expected to be completed before the end of this term.
Chess and table tennis event
Unity College attended the Special Olympics chess and table tennis tournament at Saint Dominican School for the Deaf on 7 August 2019. Five schools and one centre attended the event.
Unity College did well, with two of our learners reaching the final round in the chess and one in the table tennis! All our learners represented the school well and offered help and support to learners from other schools as well.
By Nolene Oosthuysen
Our first bocce event
Unity College took part in their first SOSA bocce event on 14 August. Our team did us proud!
We took eleven learners to the event and they all did well, especially considering that this was their first time to play this game in a competition that had eleven schools and centers. We played three games and won one.
Unity College 0 – Rotara 3
Forest Farm 0 – Unity College 3
Unity College 1 – Subfield 2
By Tonic Sibanda
Outstanding soccer win!
Unity College hosted a friendly soccer match against Chrysalis on Wednesday, 7 August. The team played with much determination and for the first time this year managed to beat Chrysalis by 7 goals to 5. The number of goals scored clearly shows that our boys meant business this time! This is a team that, before then, had played six games without scoring. This was a morale booster. Credit goes to coaches Sandra and Shadreck who drilled the team on Monday, raising not only their fitness levels but also their confidence. Well done team!
By Tonic Sibanda
SOSA developmental gala
Unity College participated in the Special Olympics swimming gala event at the Linden pool on Monday, 12 August. It was a developmental gala to familiarize the athletes with Special Olympics swimming rules in preparation for the finals in November. Fifteen of our learners took part in this gala and did extremely well.