The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) in collaboration with the Western Cape Provincial Sport Confederation (WCPSC) are the hosts of the 2013 Olympic Day, which is running concurrently with the annual Overstrand Sport Festival.
The event will take place on 5 October 2013 at the Hawston Sports Ground in the Overberg region of the Southern Cape.
Olympic Day is an event that commemorates the establishment of the Olympics and educates sport-loving people and society about Olympism by bringing together hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. It is also the only annual worldwide event of the Olympic Movement.
Being held under the theme: Move, Learn and Discover, activities at the Olympic Day will include a five-kilometre Fun Run/walk, wrestling, tug-of-war, rugby sevens, soccer, cricket, netball, board games, cycling and rugby.
This important event will teach participants the values of Olympism and also enable them to take part in interactive activities with Olympians such as Cameron van der Burgh as well as learn more about doping prevention among athletes. It will also raise awareness of good nutrition and eating habits, enlighten participants on the top qualities of an athlete, encourage them to consider sport as a career and showcase mobile test unit services. Five Olympians including Lawrence Ndlovu and 11 Paralympians, including Ilse Hayes, Jonathan Ntutu and Fanie van der Merwe will be attending the event.
Guest speakers at the event include: the Western Cape MEC: Dr Ivan Meyer, Mayor of Overberg: Ms Botha Gudhrie, SASCOC President: Mr Gideon Sam, SASCOC CEO: Mr Tubby Reddy, President of WCPSC: Mr Goliath Munro and Interim Chairperson of the Overberg Sport Council: Mr Rudie Johannes.
Says SASCOC CEO: Tubby Reddy: This years Olympic Day main focus is on the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing 2014, a recap on the performance that was displayed at the 2012 London Olympic games and in the main, Chad Le Clos progression from the inaugural Youth Olympic Games to the Olympic Games. SASCOC looks forward to this event and encourages the youth to attend and interact with these athletes who will shed light on their achievements and how values made an impact in their lives.