The Executive Deputy Mayor of George, Cllr Daniel Maritz and other Councillors participated in the prizegiving of the Southern Cape Sport Tours Schools Tournament that was held in George over the Easter weekend.
Over the Easter weekend alone, more than 3000 visitors from all over South Africa, of which 1800 people were participants in the Tournament, visited George. More than six Sport Tournaments were played in George over the Easter Weekend, including soccer in Thembalethu, as well as the Schools Tournament where rugby and netball were played.
Maritz, who addressed the crowd on behalf of Ald Charles Standers, Executive Mayor of George, said all the Tournaments emphasise George Municipality’s purpose to establish George as the Sport Mecca of the Southern Cape.
He paid tribute to the participants for their hard work and sportsmanship as well as the families and educators for their sacrifices thus far.
George Municipality is a sponsor of the annual event. Mr Johan Prinsloo, CEO of SWD Rugby, was the Master of Ceremony at the event.
Founded and based in the Garden Route, South Africa, Southern Cape Sports Tours (SCST) hosts various sporting events for schools and sports clubs. These include rugby, cricket, netball, soccer and hockey. Select players participating in these tournaments are invited to play abroad in overseas tours that SCST organises, giving players the opportunity to compete internationally and experience different cultures.
Cllr Rassie de Villiers, Portfolio Councillor for Sport, said that this tournament is a perfect example of our strategic goals for sport – using sport as a vehicle for tourism. We host sport events to attract tourist to George. In this case we estimate an economic injection of R 10 million while we are giving our community the opportunity to participate in events to develop their potential optimally. The George schools that participated in the event are Olympia School, George High School, Pacaltsdorp Secondary School, PW Botha College and Outeniqua High School.