SPORTS AND EVENTS TOURISM

Sports and Events Tourism Exchange receives support from sports ambassadors

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The Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) Conference and Exhibition taking place between 29 and 30 October 2014 at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC), aims at positioning South Africa as the ideal sports and events destination for mega and medium sized events. This year SETE teams up with Dolphins cricketer Keshav Maharaj and the SA Hockey Team goalkeeper, Sanani Mangisa as Sports Ambassadors for the 2014 conference and exhibition.

Keshav Maharaj is an accomplished bowler and has been part of the Dolphins Cricket Team and Hong Kong Sixes Team since 2010. During his career, Keshav has received many accolades and has been recognised for numerous awards. In 2012/2013, he was the leading first class run maker in the Kwazulu Natal (KZN) amateur team with 425 runs at 61.25. In addition to his accomplishments, he was awarded KZN amateur player of the year in 2013 and recognised the fittest player in South Africa in the 2013/2014 season.

Sanani Mangisa has been playing Hockey since the age of 11 and in 2012, she took over as the number one goalkeeper for the Investec South Africa Women’s Hockey Team. She made her debut in 2006 when SA took on Netherlands and her greatest memory is representing South Africa in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

This year the ambassadors and SETE urge their fans and colleagues to contribute to the “I’m_Possible” Foundation in Durban, by donating new and used sporting equipment to the foundation. Visit SETE on 29 or 30 October to drop your goodies in the marked boxes while you take the time to visit the exhibitors who are all passionate about sports and events.

I’m_Possible Foundation is a sport non-profit (status pending) youth-based organisation whose sole purpose is to equip and develop young aspiring sportsmen and woman from low-income households. Their projects and programs aim to create a youth movement of socially active students who engage in their community through sport, team work and generously giving back.

“We believe that all children should be able to participate in sport, however not everyone can afford necessary sports equipment, coaching or a positive role model. We have seen a need for this in our hometown and have made a decision to do something about it. We would like to thank SETE for choosing I’m_Possible once again.” said Chiara Benati from I’m_Possible Foundation.

The Sports and Events Tourism Exchange is hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, partnered by CATHSSETA, SASCOC, Tourism KZN and Durban Tourism, South African Airways, Tsogo Sun and supported by Durban KZN Convention Bureau and the exclusive broadcasting partner SABC Sport and Radio 2000.

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