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If there are two things South Africans do well, it’s soak up summer sun and celebrate sport. That’s the thinking behind the Cape Argus SportShow, a sporting extravaganza that takes place from 24-26 March at Sandringham and combines delicious food, beer, live music with every sport under the Cape sun.

“After a great debut in 2016, we’re returning for our second year with more sports, activities and events than before,” says event organiser Stephan Jooste, a veteran of the sports and entertainment industry who sees the SportShow as a fresh attraction on the Cape calendar.

Sporting staples like cricket, golf, tag rugby, netball, soccer and paintball will all be on offer, either for visitors to play, watch or buy equipment for. Young fans can hone their skills at the sporting clinics, including the prestigious Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy, while ex Springboks will be on hand to help with coaching tips and sign autographs.

However, a proper sporting extravaganza is nothing without the extreme niche sports that find a home. Fans can expect FMX sports, including parkour, BMX biking, rock climbing, dodgeball or archery tag. The I Am Water team, founded by champion diver Hanli Prinsloo, will be in attendance to hold breath-holding demos and give instruction.One particular favourite is the drone racing arena where professional racers direct unmanned miniature copters through a physical 3D circuit. The pilots are hooked up to goggles to give them a first-person view of what the drone is “seeing.” Children will also be allowed to get to grips with one of the country’s fastest growing tech sports.

Then there’s The Grind, an all-ages obstacle course and a decidedly more low-tech diversion. Jooste sees the course as a parable for the event itself: “It’s a space where young and old, elite and first-timers, can come and enjoy the spirit of competition.” More than 2,500 competitors are expected to tackle The Grind in an event where no one gets left behind.

Beyond the sporting spectacle, the SportShow will feature live music, good food and great beer. “It’s all about encouraging people to leave their houses over the weekend and enjoy the camaraderie of sport,” Jooste says.

The Cape Argus SportShow returns for its sophomore year at Sandringham, off Sandringham road, a short distance from Paarl. Tickets are selling fast. Secure yours today from Computicket or at the gates. Gates are open 09:00 – 18:00 throughout the weekend. Entrance costs R150 (adults), R80 (children) and R200 for a weekend pass. A family ticket is R350 for 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 18. Toddlers under 3 enter free.

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