Health and Sport Expo – game changer in Bloem

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The City of Roses has a long history of priding itself on being a breeding ground for South African and world sporting champions in all sporting codes and when one takes a look at

recent success stories such as world 400m sprint champion, Wayde van Niekerk, there is plenty of reason to smile.

However, a recent study by Discovery Health has revealed that the capital of the Free State has earned the dubious distinction of being the unhealthiest city in the country. As alarming and shocking as the research may be, it’s not too late to make a U-turn and get back on the right track.

Bloemfontein Courant and The Health and Sport Expo recently teamed up to make a difference and introduce the people of the city to a healthier way of living with the goal of becoming the healthiest city by 2020. The inaugural Health and Sport Expo will be taking place at the Loch Logan Waterfront from 17 – 20 March and it promises to be a game changer and the catalyst in achieving the objective.

This event promises to be a unique opportunity for every person from 5 to 95 years old to experience everything Bloemfontein has to offer in the sport, fitness, health and adventure market.

The event’s organiser, Johan Kleingeld, promises that there will be so much on offer that one will need two days to absorb everything on offer and to partake in the activities and challenges.

The expo has eight highly entertaining zones to challenge the visitors to become active and healthy through sport, fitness, health and adventure. Each of the zones also has various sub-zones where all your senses will be bombarded with information and knowledge, along with joining in on the action.

Kleingeld says that installing Bloemfontein as a centre of excellence is high on their agenda and it’s is a challenge he is setting to the residents over the next five years.

“We are a winning city, we’ve created so many good international sportsmen and we just think with some concerted effort of really focused challenges we can also create an environment of where Bloemfontein can become a city of excellence.”

“We don’t want just a few sportsmen from time-to-time, but we want a consistent stream of international sportsmen hailing from this city,” he added.

The Expo has an holistic approach for individuals targeting to become world beaters in their chosen field, to families who love life and what it has to offer and want to ensure they commit to that lifestyle.

The four different zones on offer at the event will be the exhibitor’s zone, the stage and festival zones, the challenge and activity zone and the adrenaline zone.

It’s often said you cry twice about Bloem – the day you arrive and the day you leave. It’s an adage we can be truly be proud of and it’s time to change the country’s perception.

More info on the expo can be found on www.thehealthandsportexpo.co.za and www.bloemfonteincourant.co.za.

-MORGAN PIEK