When I received the invite to be a part of the 2013 BlogOlympics, where my entire trip would be payed for by Mr Price Sport, I was excited for the event to say the least, and reflecting back on the days activities, it definitely didn’t disappoint!
I ended up having to fly in a day early as the only available flights for the day of the event in Port Elizabeth would arrive too late, and I ended up being very lucky because of that. I was able to stay an extra night at the Sunsquare Suncoast hotel (where all the bloggers were treated like royalty) and I also got to be on East Coast Radio which may have been one of the most nerve-wrecking experiences of my life, but from what I’ve been told, I didn’t portray that in the interview which is good.
The next morning I met up with all the other bloggers at the hotel, before heading off to the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium where the days events were being held. The activities they had us doing were pretty great levelers, as everyone was more or less on an even playing field regardless of their physical condition, or natural sporting talent. The competition ended up being a really tight contest all the way through the day, with Team Jozi and Team Cape Town trading back to back wins.
Once all of the 8 events had been complete, the bloggers had the awesome opportunity to ride the SkyCar to the top of the MM Stadium while the judges tallied up the points. The view up at the top was simply incredible, and it’s something that cannot be put into words, all I can say is it’s definitely something you have to do if you get the chance.
Once everyone had returned it was time to announce the results, and to the shock of team Jozi, Team Cape Town was the name the announcer shouted as the winners of the 2013 BlogOlympics. Those two words sent the entire team into Jubilation, and as we all stood up on that podium after receiving our gold medals, it was a great feeling to say the least, and while it might not nearly be the same as getting an actual gold at the Olympic games, it’s pretty safe to say that it is definitely the closest I’m ever going to come to it.
We then returned to the hotel, where we got showered and ready for sundowners by the pool, and from there we arrived at Spiga Durban in style, in our luxuries Uber taxis to have dinner and of course, more drinks!
By the end of the night, when most had retired to their rooms with an early wake up in mind, a few of us (myself included) weren’t quite ready to call it a night just yet. We decided to head to the casino (a mere metres from the hotel) where we had a few drinks at the bar, and finished the night off at the Roulette table where no money was actually lost by any of us.
It was an amazing experience from start to finish, and I’d like to thank Mr Price Sport for sponsoring and making such a great event possible, the MM Stadium for giving us a perfect location for the event, Spiga Durban, Uber Taxi, Sunsquare Suncoast hotel, and to all the people that made the BlogOlympics what it was, and made it something I’ll remember for a long time to come.