Former Springboks Try Padel

Padel SA was down at Val de Vie Estate this past Saturday lending a hand in the running of their padel tournament, the highlight of the day’s activities that formed part of their 30 Days of Movement campaign.

Some of South Africa’s biggest sporting legends and Laureus sports ambassadors were also in attendance. Former Springbok teammates and World Cup winners Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers, as well as former Olympic swimming champion and now VdV marketing director Ryk Neethling, were all playing padel alongside some of the very excited residents. Bryan and Ryk formed quite a formidable partnership but were eventually beaten by a resident team that would go on to win the tournament.

It was a pretty gloomy and rather chilly way to kick off the spring season, but padel got the blood pumping and the smiles blossoming. It also got some good attention and drew in a decent crowd, many of whom had never seen or even heard of the game before but went away with padel now firmly on the mind. Rubbing shoulders with some former Springbok legends and an Olympic champion was just the cherry on top of a super fun and successful day for all in attendance.

The friendly tournament was eventually competed by two of the local teams, with the winners walking away with bragging rights at Val de Vie, for now…

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