Neither the heat nor the lack of water spoiled the mood during this week’s competition of the summer sports train.
Despite the start under cloudy skies and at a time when many families are looking to embark on family summer vacations, participation in the summer sports train program continued to be high.
As pointed out by Sean Collado, one of the main contributors to the program, the fact that participants would have the chance to compete against each other this week meant there was an added excitement and excitement to the weekly program.
The impact of the GSLA summer sports program was already evident as the children adjusted well to the new environment. The hugs and loving greetings between children and caregivers, leaders and volunteers, and among the children themselves, highlighting how many new connections have been made through the program over the past few weeks.
The program itself faced its own difficulties over the coming days as organizers adjusted to the circumstances surrounding Gibraltar’s inland status, with water scarcity being among the main issues addressed.
The planned water day was already an activity to be cancelled. Other activities have already been reassessed by organizers taking into account the prospect of further record high temperatures which will likely result in some activities being moved to shaded areas and additional breaks being provided to allow children to stay hydrated.
Although many of the program’s activities also took place on dry ground due to limitations on the use of water, the sport train program itself remained as popular as ever.
The summer sports program Netball also organizes one of its camps with some of the older youth players on the pitch from the early morning.
Under the guidance of senior head coach Sarah Payas, the young netballers went through the various drills that would help them in competitive games. With netball now looking ahead to the 2025 World Youth Championships to be played in Gibraltar, it was also an opportunity for some of the young players to further their development to apply for selection into the national youth squad in the years to come.
Netballers were also expected to feel the effects of recent water restrictions, with the Tercentenary Sports Hall feeling the effects of a slow-flowing sewage system that affected the entire area. The hall itself was obsessed with a stench that brought tears to the eyes of even the braver, necessitating the opening of all available doors and windows to increase ventilation through the hall.
The hall itself was also used this Monday because citizens affected by the water shortage used the shower facilities. From Monday morning, GSLA personnel will be asked to use the shower facilities.
This week marks the first of two weeks of competition organized as part of the GSLA Summer Sports & Leisure Programme.
In the first week of competition this year, all age groups will compete in: –
• International fun and team athletics.
• Throlf, a mix of throwing and golf.
• All-rounder and crawler all-rounder.
• Outdoor and adventure activities, including orienteering.
• Table tennis
• Invasion Sports – Hockey and Soccer.
Additional activities will take place this week as part of the summer sports and leisure programme
GSLA Family Fun Night – Tuesday 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Including rock climbing, table tennis, giant games, basketball slam dunk, badminton, tennis, canoeing and stand up paddling. (Please wear gym clothes and trainers and a change of clothes when participating in wet activities)
Gibraltar Netball Association – Netball Coaching Camp.
Gibraltar Paddle Board Association – Junior Paddle Coaching.
Gibraltar Tennis Association – Junior Tennis Coaching.
Gibraltar Amateur Swimming Association – Swim Camps for Beginners.
Gibraltar Royal Yacht Association – Sailing Summer School.
Gibraltar Petanque Association – Junior and family introductory petanque courses.
Gibraltar Cricket Association – Cricket Summer Slam.
Gibratlar Cultural Services – Storytelling at Campion Park.
Gibraltar Arts & Crafts Associations – Many different arts sessions.
Eco Arts at Alameda Gardens and Outdoor Painting at Commonwealth Park.
For more information on activities available during the summer, please visit the Gibraltar Sports & Leisure Authority website www.gsla.gi or the GSLA Facebook, Twitter or Instagram websites.