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Ironman International delegation welcomed to Nelson Mandela Bay

By Jesica Slabbert - Aug 24, 2018
Ironman International delegation welcomed to Nelson Mandela Bay

With the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship just around the corner, international delegates representing Ironman flew into the Friendly City on Thursday for a welcoming ceremony hosted at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Arts Museum.

Ironman delegates from around the world, the team responsible for organising the World Championship event in Nelson Mandela Bay as well as the Nelson Mandela Bay Mayoral committee welcomed each other by enjoying local food and wines as well as taking part in traditional African dance.

“We are dedicated to making the Ironman weekend the most amazing success, the people that are here and the ones standing behind me are on standby to make this an incredible experience for everyone involved,” said Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip.

Trollip introduced his mayoral team to the international delegates and said that should they need assistance they merely have to find them and it would be sorted out.

“I know that every single one of the participants that come to this city will have a memorable experience. African people are the most amazingly hospitable people in the world,” said Trollip.

He emphasised the importance of the Ironman World Championships being hosted for the first time on the African continent and said that he hoped for it to be hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay again next year.

“We want to showcase this beautiful city of ours to the whole world; we know what’s at stake. We want the athletes to experience the most amazing event and never forget coming here.”

Vice President of Ironman World Champion Events, Diana Bertsch, after learning a traditional African dance, expressed her excitement about the upcoming event.

“It’s been an incredible journey, it’s been over two years now that we have been planning for this,” said Bertsch.

“I am incredibly blessed to have this opportunity, not just because we get to put on the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in an amazing city and an amazing venue, but it’s the people I’ve met along the way.”

The Ironman 70.3 World Championships will be held on the 1st and 2nd of September, with events taking place during the week to keep the city pumped and excited about the international athletes visiting the Friendly City.

For more information about the upcoming Ironman, visit www.nmbt.co.za and keep updated on RNEWS.