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Friday, 08 July 2011 14:39

sf_end_smallThe second Oudtshoorn Sport Festival which displayed action and fun filled ten day sporting festivity with more than 2700 participants who converged in Oudtshoorn from 23 June to 02 July, was a resounding success.

The sport festival ended on a high note as 600 ballroom dancers battled it out in the Federation of Dance Sport South Africa (FEDANSA) Western Cape Championships with also participants from the Northern Cape.  The 15-hour ballroom dance competition which was held in jam-packed De Jager Indoor Sport Centre.  Other sport codes were Gymnastics (620 participants), karate (400), table tennis (100), cycling (450), 7’s rugby (120), soccer (220), action cricket (140), ballroom and netball with 77 participants.

Reacting to the success of the Oudtshoorn Sport Festival the Executive Mayor of Oudtshoorn, alderman Gordon April said: “This was once again a testament that Oudtshoorn is making huge strides in becoming the preferred sport destination in the Southern Cape. The council is committed in making this dream a reality. Sport is one recreational activity that can join the nation to speak in unison, while ensuring a fit nation and bolster the town’s economy.”

Visitors from all over the country spent at least a day or two in local hotels, school hostels, bed and breakfasts and resorts, contributing to the economy of the greater Oudtshoorn during the Oudtshoorn Sport Festival.

“We are planning to have more sport codes for next year’s sport festival so that the number of visitors to Oudtshoorn could grow bigger thereby contributing to the economical growth of businesses in Oudtshoorn and possible investment opportunities,” said Rudi Claassen the Manager for Special Programmes of the Oudtshoorn Municipality.  

For the first time, a local flavour was added to the sport festival as 7’s Rugby and netball consisted of teams from the Greater Oudtshoorn.  Other new sport codes this year were table tennis, karate, gymnastics and soccer.

“Sport fanatics can expect more variety in the next year’s sport festival as the local organising committee is planning to have chess, darts, kick-boxing, bowls, drum majorettes, basket ball and judo taking part in this sporting festivity,” Mr Claassen added.

Claassen continues: “The bigger the event the more funds will be needed, we are hopeful that we will get more funding and more sources of funding for the next festival. This year the Oudtshoorn Municipality has invested over R 300 000 in this year’s Sport Festival and Standard Bank has contributed with R 100 000.”

The Oudtshoorn Municipality is showing seriousness in positioning itself as the Sport Mecca of Southern Cape, as it has recently initiated a number of field upgrading projects in the greater Oudtshoorn. Upgrading projects totalling an amount of R 6.4 million are currently underway in De Jager Sport centre, Bongolethu Stadium, Bridgton Sport Ground, Dysselsdorp sport ground and De Rust Sport Ground.

We are also proud about the high standard accommodation facilities in Oudtshoorn. The LOC has received positive feedback from visitors about standards of local accommodation, catering, field facilities Oudtshoorn has. This has been gathered through a feedback questionnaire issued to all federations involved to ensure continuous improvement of organising the sport festival.

The Municipal Manager of Oudtshoorn Municipality, Rev. Noel Pietersen has expressed gratitude to everyone that organised, participated and supported the Oudtshoorn Sport Festival. The next Oudtshoorn Sport Festival will take place from 22 June till 01 July 2012.