Gra­ham­stown Games a hit

Grocott's Mail - - GRAHAMSTOWN GAMES - By STEPHEN PEN­NEY

The in­au­gu­ral Gra­ham­stown Games were a mas­sive suc­cess made pos­si­ble through the sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

The con­cept was en­joyed by all who par­tic­i­pated and the spon­sored teams did their bene­fac­tors proud, both in spirit and per­for­mance.

The top spot was fought tooth and nail, with a close first and sec­ond place. Team Re­ject Row­ers, made up of Rose Palmer, Ryan Palmer, Lee-Ann Persse and Michael Thomas, fin­ished in top spot, with team Busi­ness Sense (Dale Edwards, Hai­ley Jack­son, Megan Hob­son and Ja­son Meaton) tak­ing sec­ond place.

Tied for third were Sk­i­bowski and RowZam­bezi which called for a round of “sud­den-death”, a two-minute as­sault bike chal­lenge for max­i­mum calory-loss. This re­sulted in a bat­tle of epic pro­por­tions with an­other near-tied re­sult just in favour of Team Sk­i­bowski with a fi­nal score of 74 to 73. Sk­i­bowski was made up of Tracy van Zyl, Cassie Lis­ter, Jade Bowles and Ja­son Maclach­lan. RowZam­bezi in­cluded Maike Dick­mann, Sarah Rauben­heimer, Mike Ro­gan and Greg McClean.

“Although the day pre­sented a mul­ti­tude of phys­i­cal chal­lenges to ev­ery sin­gle team, they all man­aged to main­tain a high level of spirit and fun, with much ban­ter and shouts of en­cour­age­ment be­tween teams – a true sign of The Fit­ness Box ethos,” said or­gan­iser Si­mon van der Merwe of The Fit­ness Box.

“The Fit­ness Box, would like to ex­tend their heart­felt thanks to the spon­sors, Har­courts Gra­ham­stown and The EyeS­tore, as well as team spon­sors, prize spon­sors, vol­un­teers, mar­shals, Gra­ham­stown Busi­ness Fo­rum, De­part­ment of Arts, Sport & Cul­ture, the Gra­ham­stown Traf­fic De­part­ment, St An­drew’s Col­lege, spec­ta­tors and most im­por­tantly, par­tic­i­pants, for mak­ing the day such a huge suc­cess. With­out the in­volve­ment from th­ese key peo­ple, the Gra­ham­stown Games would not have been pos­si­ble,” said Van der Merwe.

The Gra­ham­stown Games look set to be­come an an­nual Spring Day event to be hosted by The Fit­ness Box with CrossFit Gra­ham­stown. “Keep a look­out in the Gro­cott’s Mail and on Face­book for fu­ture in­for­ma­tion and event op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Van der Merwe.

All pho­tos: Stephen Pen­ney

Par­tic­i­pants go through the Boot­Camp sec­tion.

Cy­clists tackle the course over Moun­tain Drive.

Xabiso Mya­mane of team Rat and Ras­berry.

Maas­dorp Can­non and El­gene Fan­ton of Team Ren­tAll dur­ing the Boot­Camp.

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