The City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department is partnering with the South African National Amateur Boxing Organisation (SANABO) to host the 2012 South African Elite Amateur Boxing Championships, in Kuilsriver.
Date: 4 to 7 July 2012
Venue: Western Cape Sports School, Nooiensfontein, Kuilsriver
Time: 12:00 to 19:00 daily
Entry is free.
More than 120 amateur male and female boxers aged between 17 and 23, from all nine provinces of South Africa, will be competing in the tournament in three weight categories.
Over the years, the Western Cape has successfully hosted four junior and senior amateur boxing championships – in Kuilsriver (1995), Belhar (2002), Oudtshoorn (2006) and Khayelitsha (2010).
The championship has already produced many boxers who have competed in major boxing events elsewhere in Africa and Europe. During 2011, female boxers competed for the first time at a national level. The 2011 winners in the three Olympic weight divisions represented South Africa at the 2012 Women's World Championships, in China.
This year’s tournament will again see a national team being selected to participate in major events, and these boxers will have their sights set on competing in international competitions such as the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
Amateur boxing is one of only a few sports that match up athletes based on their age, weight and experience. This championship will be gruelling and it is expected to draw a large crowd of Western Cape supporters keen to watch the next generation of boxing stars.
SANABO’s current initiative to establish boxing at schools has already found support in three provinces. The organisation hopes to reach at least 900 schools in the nine provinces, in the near future.
Through its partnership with SANABO and the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government is committed to the development of boxing.