Hit a six against Vernon Philander, try the brand-new game of Kick Darts and Football Pool, groan in sympathy with the strongmen and women, play putt-putt, try a flip on the trampolines, and hit the bullseye in the archery range ... let the games begin, in the Rand Show’s new sports hall, “Let’s Play”.
TAKE ON SA’S TOP PROTEAS
Come and see if you’ve got what it takes to bat against SA’s finest. Stand ready at the crease as one of the Proteas’ bowlers starts his run-up on the giant video screen. Keep a firm grip on your bat because as the virtual bowler bowls, a real ball will shoot out of the screen. Take your best shot and then check the view of the field on the screen; the simulator’s virtual shot-tracking technology shows the result of every shot, pinpointing where the ball would have gone if you were on a real field, and how many runs you would have scored.
The simulator can be adjusted to suit any age or skill set, so everyone in the family can take a crack at it.
TWO BRAND NEW GAMES TO TRY
Another new game that gives a really fun twist to two sporting classics is Football Pool. Players stand on the large 3.5 m by 2.5 m ‘pool table’, and kick the cue ball into the coloured balls, aiming for the pockets.
The National Archery in the Schools Programme SA (NASP-SA) is a school-focused programme that aims to encourage children in Grades 4 to 10 to get involved in this healthy outdoor activity.
Archery is a super-cool sport that not only gets kids outdoors into the fresh air, but also teaches discipline and improves self-esteem.
The NASP-SA will be doing demonstrations and holding coaching sessions on its training archery range in the sports hall, so come and find out how you can introduce this fun sport to your kids or school. For R10 for five arrows, visitors can also give this uber-cool sport a try.
DISPLAYS OF MIND-BLOWING STRENGTH
Then, on the Easter weekend, it’s the turn of international and local U/105 kg athletes, in the prestigious MLO Strongman Champions League (SCL) qualifier event, only the second time ever that an SCL event has been held on South African soil.
Finally, on the closing weekend, 22-23 April from 10 am until 4 pm, the SA Strongman Union will hold the national finals of SA’s Strongest Man 2017. On top of the title, the winning strongman will claim a cash prize of R10 000 and a place in the Giants Live World Strongest Man open class competition, being held later in the year in the USA.
Each competition will begin the day in front of the Showtime Stage, before moving indoors to the sports hall.
In between displays, visitors will get the opportunity to try out these competition-sized trampolines for themselves. Qualified coaches will be on hand during set times to teach visitors how to jump safely, and show them some exciting new moves to try out.
SHOPPING TIME FOR CYCLISTS
NorthCliff Cycles will be exhibiting in the hall to cater for the biking fraternity. The bike shop is bringing a selection of Bianchi road, mountain and triathlon bikes, as well as brands like Merida and Titan, plus a wide selection of bikes for kids. A range of Nutritech supplements, Oakley eyewear, and Thule bike racks for cars will be available at the stand, and Technogym will be displaying its power training aids.
FREE SCUBA DIVING VOUCHER
Visit www.randshow.co.za to find out about what’s on this year at the Rand Show.
WHEN, WHERE, HOW MUCH?
Rand Show tickets at the gate cost R150 for adults, R50 for pensioners, R50 for 13-16 years, R20 for 6-12 years, and under six enter free. Midweek specials for Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 April only are R75 for adults, and R20 for 13-16 year olds. Open-air parking is R20 per car. Tickets are available at the gate or through Computicket. Tickets give access to a wide variety of entertainment attractions, but exclude rides on the helicopter and monorail, drifting, bagjumping, the fun fair, and refreshments and food.