When I was invited to the Mr Price Sport first Blog Olympics, I was like “woohoo!”. And then I was like “Oh crapola. All I can really do is squat, lunge and run, and there’s a reason why I was picked last for every school activity”.
But hey, I figured that exposing my lack of co-ord was worth it to be involved with Mr Price Sport, and to compete with and against some great bloggers.
Joburg, Cape Town and Durban, each with eight team members, would be competing against each other, and carrying the proverbial mom blogger batons were me and Kathryn Rossiter of Becoming You (who is lovely, as I expected).
The event, with the hashtag #BlogO13, was conceived of and organised in less than a month, and it was flawless (aside from my not being able to kick a ball, of course).
This is why it worked and was one of the most fun events I’ve ever taken part in as a blogger:
- A great mix of teams: I’m not sure how they got it so right, but there was a brilliant blending of all kinds of bloggers and active people.
- The “you are an athlete” treatment. There were cameras, and the most brilliant welcome in the changerooms of Moses Mabhida where the games were taking place
- Great team spirit
- We got personalised and fab kit that was matched to our personalities and sizes (I must be honest, the Lycra pants were a tight fit. It’s not them, it’s me).
- A great MC who was funny and set the tone for lots of fun
- Cool activities that weren’t necessarily about fitness, but strategy, co-ord, throwing etc. These included Frisbee throwing, hula-hooping, ball bouncing.
- Refreshments between each activity. It was a hot and humid day, but there were always drinks, and snacks throughout the day (this makes a massive difference at functions, especially ones that involve activity)
- Superb prizes: though I wasn’t on the podium, the sponsors were very generous with vouchers, kit and gadgets
- Brilliant partner involvement from the likes of Tsogo Sun, Uber, Spiga, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Australian Gold sunscreen
I had so much fun. I’m really going to miss being in that game(s).
Photos via the Moses Mabhida Facebook page.