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The Century City Sports Festival 2020 packed a punch

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Date 02 March 2020
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With 8 sporting codes over three days, the Century City Sports Festival was a great success.  Held from Friday 28 February to Sunday 1 March, the total number of participants across the spectrum was in excess of 6 000. 

The outdoor events showcased all that Century City has to offer – a great environment for a variety of sports: soccer, running, cycling and the thrilling water sports which include Stand Up Paddling, canoeing and dragon boat racing.

Friday kicked off with Curro Century City Independent School’s own mini-tournament, starting with Senior Tennis.

The day ended on a high with strong boys across 11 teams battling it out in the Schools Touch Rugby tournament and 14 teams of “manne” in the Corporate Touch

Dragon Boat Racers also competed in their clubs’ 2400m and 1000m events.

Saturday started bright and early with over 5 000 runners lining up pre-dawn for the festivals’ signature event, The Century City Express with Discovery Vitality 10km and 5km Fun Run.  Read the full story here.

The Century City Canoe Club hosted a “Guess your time challenge” on the Grand Canal.  Canoeists had to enter a guesstimate finishing time over a 6.7km course at registration.  They then raced against each other to beat these times along the Grand Canal and Intaka Island.

Dragon Boat Racing club sprints are always entertaining to watch and exhilarating to participate in.  The racing took place on the Grand Canal in the afternoon with several teams participating.

Curro Century City Independent School’s mini tournament continued with a swimathon in their new aquatics centre, a girls 5-a-side soccer and a table tennis tournament for learners.  They also hosted senior Soccer matches.

Sunday, the last day of the Sports Festival, started at the crack of dawn with the Cycling Kermesse, a street circuit on Century Way and Esplanade Road.  There were general male and female categories as well as Junior races for under 11 years, under 13 years and under 15 to 17 years.

Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) is trending as a new and exiting sport and the Stand-Up Paddling South Africa Century City SUP & Paddleboard Challenge did not disappointParticipants could compete in 15km, 9km and 3km races along the Grand Canal and around Intaka Island.  They also hosted a social event after the races, during which the public were invited to try out the SUP boards.

One of the spectator highlights were the 45 teams with 360 players who partook in the Elite and Social 5-a-side Soccer Tournament at Fives Futbol. Kicking off at mid-day, the large crowd kept the energy going of this growing sport.

Half Moon Bay was the location of the Canoe Polo, a game of two halves of ten minutes where two teams of five players battle it out with a water polo ball. The aim is to score into a goal, which is suspended 2meters above the water at each end of a rectangular ‘playing pitch’. This sport is as much fun to play as it is to watch. The Western Cape Canoe Union is also very active in growing the sport.

The Century City Sports Festival sure packed a punch.  See you again next year!