Northern Cape eagerly awaits the Kimberley Diamond Cup
This exciting new brand of international competitive skateboarding is a uniquely Northern Cape brand that will also have a presence in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. – John Block, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism in the Northern Cape
On 28 August 2013 it was announced that the Kimberley Diamond Cup is the name of the new international skateboarding event to be staged from 27 to 29 September 2013 in Kimberley ... and that 'skateboard fever' is destined to spill over into other provinces.
John Block, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism in the Northern Cape, said, 'This exciting new brand of international competitive skateboarding is a uniquely Northern Cape brand that will also have a presence in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng as the province strives to enhance its reputation as an ideal destination for extreme sports and adventure events.'
The Northern Cape claimed the title as skateboarding capital of South Africa by hosting the Maloof Money Cup over a two-year period. And the Kimberly Diamond Cup promises to keep the sport, and the province, in the spotlight.
The head of the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Patrick Seboko, said that United States-based company World Skateboarding Grand Prix had won the tender to stage the Kimberley Diamond Cup. He said the company will be facilitating a 12-month support programme that will include three other major skate competitions, to be staged in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.
According to Seboko, World Skateboarding Grand Prix will join hands with South African project-management company Pragmatics and international skate event experts to deliver the Kimberley Diamond Cup, the three grand-slam events and a year-long, fun-filled line-up of skate competitions and other events to take place at the Kimberley Skate Plaza.
World Skateboarding Grand Prix is already working with the Northern Cape government, the global skateboarding community and event sponsors to design events and programmes to take skateboarding to new levels in the Northern Cape and South Africa.
A revitalised Skateboarding for Hope campaign, aimed at promoting skateboarding as a positive and easily accessible lifestyle alternative for the youth, will also see events staged at newly built mini-skate parks in Kuruman, De Aar, Upington and Springbok, as well as at other venues across South Africa.
Fans can expect more than 150 top professional and local skaters to compete in the street, vert and mini-mega (obstacle course) skateboarding formats at the Kimberly Diamond Cup.