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14 February 2016

George Municipality welcomes 14th OCC 2016

It’s that time of the year again and the City of George is gearing up to host the exclusive Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) for the fourteenth year with an expected 3000 visitors enjoying the hospitality of George.  This prestigious event will take place on Saturday 20th February and is endorsed by the South African Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD), South African Sports Confederation (SASCOC)  and Disability Sports South Africa (DISSA).

George Municipality has always strongly supported the OCC and as presenting sponsor together with George Airport, is pleased to welcome the hundreds of national and international participants from Zimbabwe, Ghana, the UK and all nine provinces of South Africa.  Executive Mayor for George, Charles Standers has said that partnerships with citizens, civil society, business and other institutions allows the George Municipality to fulfil the vision and strategic objectives for the City of George.  “We are indeed a city for all who live in it- study in it- do business in it- invest in it- play sport in it- visit it “, he said.

The OCC is not only a race for world class athletes but also provides the opportunity for the ordinary person or child in a wheelchair to participate in a major sporting event that recognizes them as athletes and with dignity, no matter what their level of participation. Well-known athlete Ernst Van Dyk, winner of the Boston Marathon for a record 10th time, will this year participate in his 14th OCC race in his racing chair for preparation for the marathon in Tokyo a week later.

George Municipality has acted as OCC host for the past 13 years, providing monetary and essential logistical support. The Municipal Traffic and Law Enforcement officials will provide essential support on the day and assist in maximising the safety of the route with roads closed to traffic. Look out for details of the road closure in local newspapers, and the municipal Facebook page and website.

Entry forms for the OCC have been distributed to all the clinics in the George Municipal area and entrants are welcome to enquire at their local clinic for entry forms or on the web at www.georgeocc.co.za

Assistance needed

The race consists of four distances including 42.2km marathon, 21.1 km half marathon, 10km race and a Fun Event. Over 120 marshals are needed to ensure the safety of participants at crucial crossings from 07h00 – 12h00 on the day.  Volunteers who would like to assist as marshals and for the Fun Event as wheelchair pushers are asked to please urgently contact Jenny Becker on 083 6282494 or email beckerja@telkomsa.net.

The George Civil Engineering department will assist in closing the route with roughly 1500 poles, delineators and sandbags. Anyone who is able to lend a wheel chair to the visiting athletes for the fun event, please call Jonique on 044 802 2000 to make arrangements.

It’s that time of the year again and the City of George is gearing up to host the exclusive Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) for the fourteenth year with an expected 3000 visitors enjoying the hospitality of George.  This prestigious event will take place on Saturday 20th February and is endorsed by the South African Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD), South African Sports Confederation (SASCOC)  and Disability Sports South Africa (DISSA).

George Municipality has always strongly supported the OCC and as presenting sponsor together with George Airport, is pleased to welcome the hundreds of national and international participants from Zimbabwe, Ghana, the UK and all nine provinces of South Africa.  Executive Mayor for George, Charles Standers has said that partnerships with citizens, civil society, business and other institutions allows the George Municipality to fulfil the vision and strategic objectives for the City of George.  “We are indeed a city for all who live in it- study in it- do business in it- invest in it- play sport in it- visit it “, he said.

The OCC is not only a race for world class athletes but also provides the opportunity for the ordinary person or child in a wheelchair to participate in a major sporting event that recognizes them as athletes and with dignity, no matter what their level of participation. Well-known athlete Ernst Van Dyk, winner of the Boston Marathon for a record 10th time, will this year participate in his 14th OCC race in his racing chair for preparation for the marathon in Tokyo a week later.

George Municipality has acted as OCC host for the past 13 years, providing monetary and essential logistical support. The Municipal Traffic and Law Enforcement officials will provide essential support on the day and assist in maximising the safety of the route with roads closed to traffic. Look out for details of the road closure in local newspapers, and the municipal Facebook page and website.

Entry forms for the OCC have been distributed to all the clinics in the George Municipal area and entrants are welcome to enquire at their local clinic for entry forms or on the web at www.georgeocc.co.za

Assistance needed

The race consists of four distances including 42.2km marathon, 21.1 km half marathon, 10km race and a Fun Event. Over 120 marshals are needed to ensure the safety of participants at crucial crossings from 07h00 – 12h00 on the day.  Volunteers who would like to assist as marshals and for the Fun Event as wheelchair pushers are asked to please urgently contact Jenny Becker on 083 6282494 or email beckerja@telkomsa.net.

The George Civil Engineering department will assist in closing the route with roughly 1500 poles, delineators and sandbags. Anyone who is able to lend a wheel chair to the visiting athletes for the fun event, please call Jonique on 044 802 2000 to make arrangements.

 

Ernst Van Dyk, winner of the Boston Marathon for a record 10th time, will this year participate in his 14th OCC race in his racing chair for preparation for the marathon in Tokyo a week later. Photograph by Thys Lombaard

Last published 17 February 2016