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OVER 2 000 ATHLETES GET SET FOR 2022 MAYOR’S CUP

17 June 2022
Let the games begin! Set to compete at the Kouga’s Mayor Cup are (from left) Chalwayne Lippert (Coastal Touchies), Kouga Special Programmes Unit Coordinator, Elvina Felix, local surfer Joshé Faulkner, Pastor CJay Jansen, skateboarder Jerry van Wyk, and (front) Nokkie Joubert (Gymnastics SA).

Let the games begin! Set to compete at the Kouga’s Mayor Cup are (from left) Chalwayne Lippert (Coastal Touchies), Kouga Special Programmes Unit Coordinator, Elvina Felix, local surfer Joshé Faulkner, Pastor CJay Jansen, skateboarder Jerry van Wyk, and (front) Nokkie Joubert (Gymnastics SA).

SOME 684 soccer players, 240 rugby stars, 150 touch rugby enthusiasts, and 80 professional netball players will battle it out for top honours in the 2022 Kouga Mayor’s Cup tournament this year.

Add to the mix 200 gymnasts and 160 chess players, as well as 90 golfers, 60 cricketers and 45 bowl players. Not to forget about the marathon runners, skateboarding experts, pool players, surfers, and tennis stars.

More than 2 000 athletes representing a total of 14 different sporting codes – all battling it out for crowning glory.

At the official launch at the St Francis Links on Thursday, June 9, Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said, “We would like to thank all the sports associations and clubs for joining us to present the Kouga Mayor’s Cup. It’s good to see the tournament growing stronger every year.

“You are more than sports people. You are members of a broken society. Thank you for your hard work and the sacrifices you make, including your weekends, to keep your teams together.

He said the aim of the tournament – themed Shaping the Future – was to facilitate sport development and encourage participation among people from all walks of life.

“It’s about showing communities the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. Not only is playing sport fun, but it is also a great way of achieving social cohesion and building community spirit.

“The future of sport across the Kouga region will remain a priority as we continue to focus on the development of a strong and firm sport culture in and around the area.”

Hendricks said the tournament would run until the end of July.

The matches will be hosted at different venues across Kouga to allow as many communities as possible the opportunity to participate and support the programme.

Most of the final matches will take place at Mentorskraal in Jeffreys Bay on Friday, July 30.

For more information or to become a sponsor of the tournament, contact Kouga Special Programmes Coordinator, Elvina Felix, at elvina@kouga.gov.za.