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Mayor launches major gymnastic event in Cape Town

Cape Town mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille on Thursday officially launched the 2nd Gym for Life Challenge, one of the largest gymnastic events in the world.

Three local groups who have qualified to enter the Challenge from 10-14 July, showcased a sneak peak of their items which they will display at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), the venue for the competition, next week.

More than 900 international participants from 31 countries have confirmed their participation into this event and the first group of participants arrives in Cape Town tomorrow.

‘Switzerland, Norway and Austria are bringing 206, 124 and 92 delegates respectively and South Africa will be represented by a strong team of 593,’ said Elizabeth┬áCameron Smith, Executive Project Manager of the 2nd World Gym for Life Challenge.

The event is being hosted during the low tourism season of Cape Town, bringing some welcome business to the city’s hospitality industry. Some groups are arriving a few days early and some are leaving a few days after the competition to take in the sights of Cape Town and other popular destinations, profiling the City as a destination that can be visited all year round.

The event also has a reach into the city’s communities through the World Gym for Life Challenge Legacy Programme which the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) in partnership with the City of Cape Town began in May 2011. To date, the programme is active in 21 community centres and services over 1000 people weekly. Special community performances have been organised in each district of Cape Town where the international groups will give workshops and display their items on Saturday 13 July.

‘We recognise that major sports events like this tournament play a significant role in bringing people together from diverse backgrounds to Cape Town said the Mayor.

The South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF), in partnership with the City of Cape Town, where successful in their the bid to host the second edition of this event, which will be the first time an event of this size will be hosted outside of Europe and the first time such an event is hosted on the African continent.

‘The hosting of a competition of this magnitude in the city reaffirms the international sport community’s preference for Cape Town as the events Capital of the African continent,’ said Alderman Patricia de Lille.

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