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Beach fever!

18th May

From the GDN, May 18, 2013

Aniqa Haider


THOUSANDS of people, including women and children, made quite a splash yesterday in Amwaj Islands.


Families turned out in huge numbers for the opening event of the Manama Capital of Arab Tourism 2013 Sport Tourism.


They took part in activities held to highlight the importance of sport in the community at Amwaj Islands and "Kite Beach".


"Beach Fever" on Kite Beach - the home of Bahrain's kiteboarding community - had an amazing turnout of more than 3,800 people, according to organisers.


Activities like kiteboarding, kayaking, sailing, water skiing and wakeboarding were the highlights of the event.


"We had an amazing attendance with more than 3,800 people coming in throughout the day, which is really fantastic," said organiser Martin Whitaker.


"The sport tourism 'Beach Fever' festival is a completely new venture for Bahrain with a range of water and beach-based activities designed to entertain the whole family.


"This would also give Bahrain a business boost and this could turn into a charity event in future to raise funds for local charities.


"On water, the event featured kiteboarding, kayaking, pedalling, sailing and wake boarding, while on land beach soccer and volleyball shared the bill with beach Zumba and children's activities, including mini-water polo and many other attractions, ensuring a great day out for the family.


"Those who were interested, were encouraged to take part and find out more about all the sports on display with professional sportsmen and women as well as coaches in attendance."


Tonnes of sand were delivered to the site on the beach between the Amwaj Marina and Tala Island to ensure that playing arenas for beach soccer, volleyball and handball were of international standards.


Brazilian football coach and Bahrain Beach Soccer National Team head coach Gustavo 'Guga' Zloccowicz was on hand to provide guidance for teams (young and old) with a series of games at senior and junior level.


A team of more than 30 marshals controlled the parking area and medical facilities were also available.


On stage, popular DJ Stevie George, kept the crowds entertained and informed of events throughout the day.


Music was provided in the evening by other DJs and a visiting band while the healthy atmosphere associated with sport and the beach was at the forefront with Zumba keep-fit exercisers, gymnastics, tae kwon do and a variety of free children's entertainment.


The Beach Fever event is designed to showcase the importance of sport within the community.


Bahrain already hosts many local, regional and international sports events and Manama's tenure as the 2013 Capital of Tourism is being used to underline the importance and power that sport has on the community.


"There is a real sense of involvement building up within the kingdom for the Manama Capital of Tourism 2013 events and we are delighted that sport tourism attracted so much support," added Mr Whitaker.


"We have a full programme of events planned over the coming months and we are looking forward to these events becoming an integral part of the Bahrain calendar in the future and delivering lasting value to the community.


"Sport gives us such a wonderful platform to connect with young people while also showcasing the increasingly impressive facilities and infrastructure that are now part of Bahrain's sporting landscape."




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