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Celebrating the city's sports heroes - the Tshwane Open is about "more than just golf"Events have the ability to grow the economy, build a socially cohesive community, promote healthy and happy communities, Executive Mayor Councillor Solly Msimanga said at the Tshwane Open’s Breakfast of Champions.

The breakfast, held at the Pretoria Country Club on Day 2 of the tournament, celebrated the city’s champions in keeping with the Tshwane Open slogan of “It’s more than just golf!”

On the panel of champions were World Cup winning scrum-half Fourie du Preez, former Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett, former Proteas fast bowler Fanie de Villiers, and winner of the Comrades and Two Oceans marathons Caroline Wostmann.

The sports legends shared their stories and provided an insight into what makes a champion.

Before introducing the champions, Msimanga pointed to the top-class sports facilities to be found in the City of Tshwane: the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre, the various rugby, cricket, athletics and soccer stadiums, and the 16 well-regarded golf courses. “We like to think of ourselves as a city of champions.”

It was important that any event held under the auspices of the City had to have an impact beyond the event.

The Tshwane Open is used to:

  • generate economic benefit for the city and open opportunities in the City of Tshwane’s far-flung regions;
  • promote Tshwane as a vibrant international city and encourage people and businesses to live in, invest in and visit Tshwane;
  • involve the city’s diverse communities, and build local pride; and
  • use the various city venues and stimulate an interest in the different tourist attractions.

In addition, Msimanga noted, it was important to make sports accessible to all.