Hundreds of social swimmers are expected to head for Kings Beach on the last day of 2012 for the inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay Mile Ocean Swim which has already attracted a lot of attention from open water swimmers from around the country. "Some of South Africa's best open waters swimmers are heading for the Sabrina Love Challenge in Plettenberg Bay on the 28th and are keen to follow this up with the Madiba Mile on the 31st before hitting some of the local stops for a New Years Eve party." said race organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports. "We've also had a lot of interest from social swimmers who are in town on holiday and keen to be part of the water sport scene in Nelson Mandela Bay." The Ocean Mile has been added to the water sport program to offer holiday makers the opportunity to be involved in the cities popular open water scene which has exploded since the introduction of the Ironman to Port Elizabeth in 2005. Participants of the cities first official Ocean Mile swim are required to report for entry on Kings Beach on Monday 31st before 8.30am for body marking after which they will walk along the beachfront promenade to Humewood Beach for the start of the one-way Mile swim which will end on Kings Beach alongside the slipway. The swim offers spectators a wonderful spectacle along the entire promenade between Humewood and Kings Beach with swimmers being kept just behind the surf line. Online registration and information available on www.zports.co.za/nmbmile or entry forms available at News Cafe on the Boardwalk. Late entries will be accepted on the morning of the event at Kings Beach from 7.30am. URL: http://www.zports.co.za/nmbmile Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Popular open water swimming scene in Nelson Mandela Bay Photographer: Zports Start of the . . .
Sundays round 2 of the About IT Triathlon Summer Series in Port Elizabeth is expected to draw a record entry and another exciting tussle between the undefeated ladies champion and the young up and coming challenger who have gone head to head over this sprint distance course for the past year. Top PE all-round athlete, Liza Bright, has made the Triathlon Summer Series here own since 2010, extending her lead to 7 wins last Sunday with a top 10 overall finish during round 1 to win the ladies category in a fast 1hr 14min. The 30 year old, who is also the reigning Nelson Mandela Bay Urban Run Champion, is looking stronger than ever this season but is only too aware of the challenge behind her from the young professional show jumper Jade Hooke. Hooke at just 22 years old has been runner up for the past 4 Summer Series events having come into the Summer Series during round 3 in 2010 where she placed 3rd and has since been the sole challenger to Bright' Series domination. Similarly in the the Men's category, EP triathlon champion Dan Howitz started the defence of his Series title with another win on Sunday following on his two wins last season whilst Ryan Peter is searching for the form which saw him win Round 3 of the Series back in 2010. Since that victory in Port St Francis, Peter placed 2nd throughout the Series in 2011 and again last Sunday morning. Despite the strong challenges taking place on the leaderboard, the appeal of the About IT Triathlon Summer Series is it's fun atmosphere which attracts social and novice triathletes each year. Whether it's families or friends combining to form a team or a budding future Ironman, the Series offers the opportunity to challenge yourself with a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Online registration for Round 2 is possible on www.trisummerseries.co.za and closes on Friday with late entries being taken on Sunday morning at Pollok Beach from 7am. The triathlon starts at 8am and is followed by prize giving just after . . .
An exciting new addition to the sports program aimed at boosting Nelson Mandela Bay as Africa's Water Sport capital is the Nelson Mandela Bay Mile, a 1.6km Ocean Swim on the 31st December. The event will see participants swimming from Humewood Beach down to Kings Beach on the last day of the year and is in response to numerous requests from holiday makers for more sports based activities during this period. "Whilst the city offers unprecedented water sports events throughout the year, in the past there's been nothing for our visitors to enjoy during this peak season. We are trying to establish the city as the Water Sport Capital so it's only fair that visitors get to compete with the locals in some iconic water sport events." said event organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports. The city already hosts Africa's oldest open water swimming event in the annual SPAR River Mile with the Nelson Mandela Bay Mile offering the ocean equivalent which will take swimmers across the beachfront from Humewood to Kings Beach. The swim will be a one way swim with the natural flow of the ocean with swimmers reporting for entry at Kings Beach on the 31st and then walking along the promenade to Humewood for the 9am start. The event is expected to be a great spectacle with great viewing along the entire stretch of the beachfront. Online entry and further information is available on www.zports.co.za/NMBMile. Entry forms are available at News Cafe, The Boardwalk and late entries will be taken on the morning but additional fees will apply. URL: http://www.zports.co.za/nmbMile Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium precinct will once again be alive with activity on Thursday evening as over 100 business teams take part in the second round of the Investec Night Relay. The event, hosted by the Mandela Bay Development Agency, starts at 6pm from Lakeside and will see walking and running teams tackling the 4.2km laps around the Stadium and North End Lake. Round 2 of the Investec Night Relay series will be creating awareness of the ACVV Kamvalethu Street Work Programme which is the only drop-in centre for street children in Nelson Mandela Bay and is situated just around the corner from the Stadium in Korsten. The centre focuses on empowering the children and their families, getting them off the streets and providing the children with food, clothing and the opportunity to wash themselves and their clothing. On the evening local businesses are urged to support the centre through the donation of food, clothing, toiletries or services. Representatives from the centre will be present at the event to answer any questions which the participating companies may have. All teams will receive a complimentary team photograph with the winners receiving medals and floating trophies. There will be great prizes up for grabs including an iPod Nano, MTN cell phone, jewellery from Havilah and a DSTV drifta from Digicom. The event will start at 18:00 with the lucky draw prizes giving taking place at 20:30. Late entries are accepted at North End Lake from 4pm on Thursday. See www.investecnightrelay.co.za for further information. More Info: http://www.investecnightrelay.co.za Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports CC. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Walkers set off around the North End Lake Photographer: Sport Action Photography [/l2g] . . .