The ever popular Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) took place on Saturday 16 February 2013, where athletes with physical disabilities from all over South Africa gathered in George to compete in various races.
Since its humble beginnings in 2002 when 27 athletes took part in a race down the Outeniqua Mountain, the OCC wheelchair challenge has grown to become a major annual event on the National and International calendar for disabled athletes, with over 1000 competitors from eight countries on the start line in 2012.
The event relies heavily on patronage, and news of sponsorship renewal by the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA)’s George Airport – the same presenting sponsor for OCC 2012 – is excellent news for both organisers and competitors alike. Close to 1000 entries were received this year. Altus Schmidt (who plays Altus in the SABC2 soapie 7de laan) also attended the event.
Nade Welch was there and took some great photos, as always.