This year Garmin South Africa has decided to place emphasis on ladies and their involvement in sport. The main goal is to encourage woman to become more active and enthusiastically participate in various sports. From this idea, the novelty of hosting ladies only events throughout the year was borne.
The first G-Tribe (Girl’s tribe) event was hosted this past weekend at Sandy Lane. This beautiful Golf club is situated on the banks of the Hartebeespoortdam, a mere 30 minute drive from Johannesburg. Ladies could choose from 4 different fitness activities and best of all – it didn’t cost you anything! All you had to do was register online and show up on the day.
The fitness activities were ran by Garmin’s own Brand Ambassadors and with limited entries one was sure to get personal attention. The ‘boot camp’ was headed by personal trainer, Michelle Letcher while Nedbank professional runner, Irvette van Zyl led the runners on a 5km loop where the ladies could choose to complete it once or twice depending on their level of fitness.
Professional golfer, Erna Breytenbach presented a skills clinic for the ladies eager to learn more about golf while I took the mountain biker’s out on a 10km course at Van Gaalen’s MTB Park.
On arrival the ladies first registered and received a specially designed G-Tribe shirt to welcome them as part of the G-Tribe club. After registration everyone got treated to a light lunch, which could potentially turn into heavier lunch depending on secondsJ followed by a quick welcoming from Garmin Africa’s energetic CEO Walter Mech.
After the formalities ladies set off to participate in their chosen activity.
A group of ten ladies joined me for the mountain bike ride at Van Gaalen’s. With the main aim being to introduce ladies to sport I decided guide them on a flat and flowing single track section alongside the river. The trail had a few tricky sections as it included several bridge crossings and some slippery roots to navigate. It was great to see the ladies having fun, motivating each other over obstacles and celebrating every achievement no matter how big or small. At the end of the day I’m not sure who learned from who, so thanks girls – you were great!
Upon completion of the activiti
es, participants regrouped at the club house for well-deserved snacks and massages. The day concluded with prize giving and 4 lucky ladies got to take home a Garmin Vivofit fitness band.
Sandy Lane was the first of the G-Tribe series events and with the great turnout we are planning to expand the activities. At the next event there will be morning and afternoon sessions, allowing ladies to experience different activities at one event in the company of likeminded girls.
On the mountain biking side I’ll be leading an entry level and a more advance skills clinic to accommodate riders with various levels of skill and fitness. So there is no excuse not to attend the next event.