A bumper sporting weekend awaits KwaZulu-Natal’s sports enthusiasts as three major sport development events, supported by the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation, takes place in different parts of the Province.
Topping the list is the PRO-AM Provincial Boxing Tournament featuring professional bouts and Olympic style (amateur) fights taking place at KwaMsane Civic Hall in Mtubatuba on the Province’s north coast on Saturday and Sunday (23-23 February).
Promoted by Zandile Malinga of Starline Boxing Promotions, the boxing extravaganza will feature 12 professional bouts each day, preceded by many amateur fights from the morning until 14h00. Headlining the bill is the KZN Junior Lightweight title fight between Brandon Naude and Sphesihle Mthethwa on Sunday.
This will be the 4th edition of the Pro-Am tournament and it is the first time that it is held outside Durban. The Olympic style fights will be used to select boxers to represent the Province in the upcoming national championships in Gauteng.
The tournament is part of efforts by the Department of Sport and Recreation to revive the sport of boxing in the Province, working with professional promoters and KZN Olympic Style Boxing Association.
Rural Sport Development Programme
Youth from five (5) KZN traditional councils will showcase their talent in different sport codes when they participate in the Rural Sport Development Programme Tournament taking place at Thokothe Sports Grounds, Gcilima near Port Shepstone on the KZN south coast on Saturday, 23 February 2019.
The Provincial Rural Sport Development Programme is one of the biggest club development initiatives, that targets youth from the disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically rural areas. It aims to promote sport in traditional council areas and to identify talent from these remote areas.
The participating traditional councils are Maphulo Traditional Council (TC) in eThekwini, Mnqobokazi TC in Umkhanyakude District, KwaXolo TC in Ugu, Vulindlela TC in Umzinyathi and Amaswazi TC in Uthukela.
Youth from these areas will compete in rugby, football, athletics and netball.
Provincial School Sport Athletics Championships (Secondary Schools)
About 1000 athletes from secondary schools around the Province will gather at Kings Park Athletics Stadium for the Provincial Secondary Schools Athletics Championships on Friday and Saturday, 22-23-24 February. They will be competing against each other over the three days in different track and field events.
The event follows the successful staging of the Primary Schools championships at the same venue last week.
The track and field events will be used to select a team to represent the Province at the National Championships scheduled for 15 March in Gauteng for primary schools and 21, 22 and 23 March in Port Elizabeth for Secondary Schools.
Entry is free to all events.