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Olympic Day a Huge Success

The spirit of Olympism was plain to see at the Hawston Sports Ground in the Overberg region of the Southern Cape on Saturday and despite unfavourable weather conditions Olympians and Paralympians took part in the various activities. The event was a great success.

The local schools of the Overberg District took us down memory lane when South Africa won readmission from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) opening the door for South African athletes to participate in the 1992 Olympic Games. Each group from the schools represented a previous host country of the Olympic Games since 1992 and these were: Barcelona, Spain – 1992, Atlanta, USA – 1996, Sydney, Australia – 2000, Athens, Greece – 2004, Beijing, China -2008, London, UK – 2012 and Rio, Brazil- 2016. The schools all made flags of the country they represented.

The torch relay was also a highlight of the day. The relay was done by local school children who ran together with the club members and handed over the torch to Paralympian gold medallist Ilse Hayes who then handed it over to gold-medalwinning Olympian Lawrence Ndlovu and finally to the Western Cape MEC: Dr Ivan Meyer, Mayor of Overberg: Ms Botha Gudhrie and SACOC President: Gideon Sam.

Move, learn and discover were the three main pillars of Olympic Day. School children, Olympians, Paralympians and other dignitaries all participated in the fun run/walk. Athletes and Paralympians interacted with the children and had great discussions on their achievements and importance of values. This interaction was urging the children to aspire to participate in the Youth Olympics or Olympic Games.

Other fun sport activities on the day included: wrestling, tug-of-war, womens football, netball, rugby and basketball.

Said SASCOC President, Gideon Sam: The rain in the Overberg District could not dampen the spirits and enthusiasm for the Olympic Day Run combined with the other sports activities in the District. The programme was well-planned and executed, thanks to the superb cooperation among all the stakeholders involved.