Friday 19 April 2024

Sportsmanship awards - Je'nielle Cavanagh takes the award


Je'nielle Cavanagh, (PES Society), has lead her team to two Provincial victories, as well as showing just what it means to be an exemplary sportsperson.

With the year in full swing, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) continues to hold events in order to select teams to represent South Africa at Regional, Provincial and National levels.

At every event MSSA selects the person who most embodies the concept of sportsmanship. At the end of the year, the Sportsperson of the Year is selected from those who have been selected at official MSSA events.

Sportsmanship is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Respect: Sportsmanship fosters respect among competitors, coaches, officials, and spectators. It teaches individuals to value and appreciate the efforts and abilities of others, regardless of the outcome.

  2. Fair Play: It upholds the principles of fair play and integrity in sports. Sportsmanship encourages athletes to compete within the rules and regulations, promoting an environment where everyone has an equal chance to succeed.

  3. Character Building: Engaging in sportsmanship helps develop positive character traits such as humility, empathy, and resilience. It teaches individuals how to handle both victory and defeat with grace and dignity.

  4. Teamwork: In team sports, sportsmanship is essential for fostering teamwork and cooperation. Players who display good sportsmanship are more likely to support and encourage their teammates, leading to stronger bonds and improved performance.

  5. Role Modeling: Athletes who demonstrate sportsmanship serve as positive role models for others, especially children and young athletes. They inspire others to strive for excellence while maintaining respect and integrity.

  6. Enhanced Enjoyment: Good sportsmanship contributes to a more enjoyable and inclusive sports experience for everyone involved. When athletes, coaches, and spectators exhibit respect and fair play, it creates a positive atmosphere that enhances the overall enjoyment of the game.

  7. Long-term Success: Sportsmanship is often associated with long-term success in sports and in life. Athletes who prioritize sportsmanship are more likely to earn the respect of their peers, gain opportunities for advancement, and enjoy lasting satisfaction from their achievements.

Overall, sportsmanship is essential not only for the integrity and spirit of sports but also for the personal development and well-being of individuals involved in all the different mind sports.

Those already selected are:

14th Provincial Online Championships13 April 2024Je'nielle CavanaghPES Society
13th Online Inter-school Provincial Championships2 March 2024Relebogile NkadimengDawnview High School
5th WESTERN CAPE Online Championships17 FebruaryRidah HendricksPES Society

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