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LMPS team emerges victors at Maseru Mall Corporate Challenge:

 

Mohalenyane Phakela

THE Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS), on Friday, won this year’s edition of the annual Maseru Mall Corporate Challenge held at Maseru Mall.

Participants compete in bike relay
Participants compete in bike relay

The competition was basically intended for corporates to compete on bicycle activities whilst also having fun. An initiative of Lesotho Sky, the idea behind the Maseru Mall Corporate Challenge is to get people out of their offices and engage in physical activity while having fun in the process since most people don’t get the opportunity or time to exercise.

A jubilant LMPS team captain, Matela Matela, said they won first place despite it being their first time to compete.

“Our main reason of entering the competition was to show the public that we should work together with them and, moreover, the competition promotes teamwork which is something we strongly advice and practice,” Matela said.

“We are ready for next year’s challenge and are more than prepared to retain the trophy.”

The challenge is a team-building exercise away from the usual office routine, offering corporates networking opportunities and boosting company morale as well as promoting fitness and health. It has the added advantage of helping reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart issues among other ailments linked to a sedentary lifestyle.

A team consisted of five people, with one member carried from the starting point to where the running course started. It was all about team work and team members had to help each other complete the course. To end the obstacle course, the team had to complete the race which was followed by a bicycle rally.

The race was segmented into two categories; a bicycle polo and the obstacle course.

Wrapping up the event, an after party was held at Bhaduza Park that saw South African four-piece band Four Friends rock Maseru for the first time.

Lesotho Sky was founded by German-born Christian Schmidt who grew up in Lesotho and then later on left for his homeland.

Schmidt came back 10 years later with a view to make use of Lesotho’s beautiful scenery and great altitude, which he saw as a rough diamond in regard to sports and tourism. He developed a cycling group which has grown in size over the years culminating in the hosting of the first Lesotho Sky race. It is now an international mountain bike race drawing people from as far afield as Switzerland.

Speaking to Xpress People, Schmidt said he saw growth in the event as compared to last year.

“We had about 300 entrants last year but this year we had so many people and companies which entered in many teams,” Schmidt said.

“Each team consisted of five people and most companies had registered many teams.”

Most of the companies, said Schmidt, expressed their wish for the competition to be held on a regular basis rather than annually.

“It is something we will work on with the Lesotho Sky team,” he said.

 

 

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