It is just 14 days before Mossel Bay will take the first step to becoming the sports capital of the Garden Route. The town’s inaugural sports festival will kick of officially on Friday, 28 September 2012 and end on Saturday, 7 October 2012.
A total of 26 different events, organised by the various sports bodies or organisations, will take place at venues all over Mossel Bay. The events are expected to draw more than 2 000 competitors. Although the main festival will be held from 28 September to 30 September, some events will continue into the following week. Three more events will take place from 6 October to 7 October 2012.
The Festival takes place under the auspices of the Mossel Bay Municipality and is being organised to promote sports development as well as to stimulate the local economy. The objective is to make it an annual event. It is the second festival this year to be co-ordinated by the Municipality. The other one, the Dias Festival, took place in February 2012 and was a resounding success.
To create a focal point as well as a festival atmosphere, a section at the bottom of Marsh Street will be closed for a street party, complete with stalls, live music and other entertainment, on Saturday, 29 September.
A fun walk, to be known as the Moss March, will also form part of the festival. The goal is to draw at least 1 000 participants to make this the biggest fun walk in Mossel Bay to date. The event will also take place on the Saturday and start and end at Milkwood School.
According to the Mossel Bay Municipality there will be something for all sporting tastes. The Western Cape aerobatics championships at the Mossel Bay airfield from 28 September to 29 September will be a major draw card, as will the PetroSA marathon and half-marathon that will take place on 29 September. The Point High School cricket tournament for under 19 teams, which has 26 confirmed entries from schools all over South Africa and is already the biggest tournament of its kind in the country, will be held from 28 September to 2 October for the 14 th consecutive year.
The Eastern Cape dinghy and catamaran championships over the same weekend is expected to draw yachtsmen and women from far and wide, while the schools touch rugby tournament is expected to be another big and popular event.
The festival will also include, amongst others, bowls, golf and tennis tournaments, netball, squash, badminton, jukskei, soccer, dominoes, basketball, darts, rubber duck races a cycling kermesse, a motorsport gymkhana, a karate tournament, a mixed martial arts tournament, trail runs, a triathlon and a biathle.
The full festival programme can be viewed on the Municipality’s events website at www.mosselbayevents.co.za.