March 27th, 2008

Knysna Plett Herold Newspaper, Thursday 27 March 2008


This past weekend saw the inauguration of the Mayor’s Cup Sport Tournament, initiated by Knysna’s Executive Mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies, at Loerie Park on Saturday morning.

According to Bouw-Spies, “The local residents of the Greater Knysna area need a sport tournament for the people where the emphasis is on fun, family involvement and the integration of all sectors of the community”.

The Mayor conceived the initial idea for the tournament a year ago, and sourced the funding for it from the United States based charity, ‘From Us With Love’. Philanthropist Michael Smith started this charity as a project aimed at helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina, and ‘From Us With Love’ has chosen to support worthy causes in the Garden Route area, with the assistance of the Knysna Municipality.

Knysna Municipality’s Sport Development officer, Tom Paramoer, said that the events would continue from the opening of the ceremony last week Saturday, to the finals on April 5. Sporting codes include cricket, netball, rugby, tennis and soccer, with Paremoer explaining that these codes were chosen as they are the most popular within the community.

Even so, Bouw-Spies expressed hope at opening ceremony that the Mayor’s Cup would expand into an annual event eventually including every sporting code in Knysna. Paremoer echoed these statements, saying that “We plan to host a small, but well-run tournament this year, and will then focus on making this and annual event that grows from strength to strength in the future”.

Despite this being the inaugural tournament, the Mayor’s Cup has still managed to attract almost 90 teams across the five sporting codes, and games will be played across the Greater Knysna area. Venues include sport fields in Sedgefield, Hornlee, Damsebos, Keurhoek, and Loerie Park.