Good progress is being made with the arrangements for the fourth Mossel Bay Sports Festival that will be held from 1 to 8 October 2015.
An exciting new event that has come on board is the Iqhawe rugby tournament for under 15 provincial teams. The tournament is organised by the SA Rugby Legends Association in conjunction with the SA Rugby Union.
The tournament, from 3 to 8 October, focuses on young players from less-privileged communities who have traditionally been excluded from training and grassroots competition structures. Fourteen rugby unions have entered teams for the event, to which representatives of top rugby playing schools have also been invited to observe the talent available from these communities.
A two-day mountain bike event, the Eight Bells Mountain Bike Race, as well as day and night trail runs at the same venue, has also been added to the programme.
The mountain bike event will be made up of individual races of 14 km, 30 km and 52 km respectively on Saturday, 3 October as well as on Sunday, 4 October. Mountain bikers will have the option do just the Saturday race or just the Sunday race, or to do both.
The trail runs will be run over distances of 5,7 km and 11,4 km on Friday night, 2 October and on Saturday, 3 October. Athletes can do the night as well the day trail run, or do just one of the legs.
Thirty-six schools from all over South Africa will participate in the annual Point High Schools KFC cricket tournament for under 19’s from 2 to 6 October. The school is also organising the annual team athletics meeting on Saturday, 3 October 2015, at the Van Riebeeck Stadium.
The sports activities kick off on Saturday, 24 September 2015, with the annual PetroSA marathon, which will this year double as the SA marathon championship. The event is expected to draw South Africa’s top marathon runners as well as overseas entries.
The festival will be made up of approximately 35 different sports events as well as a 5-km fun walk, the Mosswalk. The Mossel Bay Sports Festival is co-ordinated by the Mossel Bay Municipality as a project to stimulate the local economy during quieter times of the year and also to encourage a healthy lifestyle.