Northern Cape to host World Skateboarding Championships
We are building a world-class skate park in Kimberley and the plan is that the park will remain and become a major feature in terms of attracting visitors. We want Kimberley to be THE skateboarding venue for the entire African continent. – Peter McKuchane, General Manager of Business, Northern Cape Tourism Authority.
The Northern Cape is an adventure destination of note, so it comes as no surprise that the World Skateboarding Championships will be held in Kimberley at the end of September 2011.
The event, known as the Maloof Money Cup, had previously been based in the United States, attracting many of the world's best skateboarders. The sizeable purse of $100 000 certainly has something to do with the popularity of the contest, and no doubt this year's event will bring adventure sport fans from around the globe to the Northern Cape.
'For the first time in the history of the event, the Maloof Money Cup will go beyond the shores of America to the African continent and, more specifically, right here in Kimberley,' said Hazel Jenkins, Premier of the Northern Cape, when the announcement was made late last year.
Locally, there is great excitement around the event as a brand new mega-skatepark is currently being constructed in the city.
'We are building a world-class skate park in Kimberley,' explains Peter McKuchane, General Manager of Business for the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, 'and the plan is that the park will remain and become a major feature in terms of attracting visitors. We want Kimberley to be THE skateboarding venue for the entire African continent.'
The event will surely be one to remember, and local communities are encouraged to take part – especially the underprivileged youths in the area. There will be a range of exciting activities taking place in Kimberley during the event including skateboarding demonstrations, skateboarding clinics, an education station where demonstrations will take place, competitions, prizes, live music and DJs.
Who knows, perhaps the next skateboarding world champion will be from the Northern Cape…