The Cape Argus SportShow returns for its sophomore showing this year in the heart of the Cape Winelands. From 24-26 March, Sandringham will play host to a three-day sporting showpiece that encompasses live shows, sporting celebs, clinics, exhibitors and games for young and old alike.
According to event organizer Stephan Jooste, the SportShow promises fun for the entire family.
“Too many sporting events exclude moms and dads and daughters,” says Jooste. “But the SportShow is wholly inclusive, and pleases casual fans and hardcore sports fanatics alike.”
He holds dear a quote by Richard Branson, which posits that sporting shows should be more like concerts: “Fun for everybody.”
Last year’s highlights included the world-famous slam-dunk team Lords of Gravity, Nick de Wit and his freestyle motocross riders, triathlete Conrad Stoltz, as well as good food, craft beer and areas for kids.
Jooste promises they’re “only warming up.”From tag rugby, cricket, golf, netball, paintball, watersports, BMX biking, obstacle courses and even drone racing, the SportShow promises to be bigger than ever. Team players and individuals are welcome to sign up for fixtures on the day of the event or simply soak in the action on offer.
Clinics and seminars will help players hone their game, while the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy will be in town to dispense invaluable advice. Inside two sprawling halls, sporting exhibitors will be on hand with gear and technology for sale.
The main halls serve another purpose: host of the third SA Schools’ Sports Summit, where more than 120 schools and 350 delegates will be in town to discuss the future of school sport in South Africa, from 24-25 March.
Flanking the halls, an action sport and tag rugby arena sits beside a paintball court, where the Western Cape Provincial Cup will be contested. In the middle of Sandringham, a freestyle stunt arena is sure to draw crowds, while South African freediver Hanli Prinsloo will demonstrate the tips for holding one’s breath underwater.
Eastwards, a food truck and beer tent, will be busy all weekend alongside a fives football arena and kiddies’ area. Finally, watersports action takes place at the nearby dam.
“South Africans live and breathe sport and it’s fantastic to be able to put together an event that champions the fun of competition,” Jooste says. “Whether you’re after the craft beer and grub or want to get active, there’s something for everyone.”
Sport is a way for families to come together, Jooste adds. “A language everyone can understand.”
Tickets are selling fast and are available at the SportShow site (www.sportshow.co.za) as well as at Computicket. Gates are open 09:00 – 18:00 throughout the weekend. Entrance cost R150 (adults), R80 (children) and R200 for a weekend pass. Toddlers under 3 enter free.