There was great anticipation and excitement as Mandeville saw the official opening of the 2008 SuperSport Wheelchair Basketball Series and a gripping opener between two newly sponsored teams. We witnessed some outstanding display of athleticism, and the stands were full of passionate supporters who had turned up to witness the DHL Flyers go down to the Gestetner Pumas. The Pumas’ sleek performance gave them the winning edge of 53-41. (Picture:Gestetner Pumas vs. DHL Flyers at the opening of the 2008 SuperSport Wheelchair Basketball Series)
Incidentally, this was an emotional match for Gestetner, who, after 10 years involvement with the WBSA, had decided to support the Pumas as headline sponsor. “Our involvement is deeper than just marketing, we see the sponsorship as a way to give back to the community and create opportunity for up-and-coming youngsters,” says Allan Austin, GM of Sales and Marketing for Gestetner.
A definite highlight was the handing over of two Mercedes Benz Vitos to the WBSA. “Our aim is to help members of the association overcome transports obstacles and enhance their quality of life,” says Gert Grobler, MD of Mercedes Benz. The donation was graciously accepted by Andy Scott, chairman of the WBSA, who beamed with pride as the ribbon was cut, symbolizing freedom and independence for the esteemed members. (Picture: Gert Grobler, MD of Mercedes Benz and Andy Scott, Marketing Consultant for Wheelchair Basketball SA)
We look forward to an action packed year of wheelchair basketball in 2008.
(Picture:One of two Mercedes Benz Vitos donated to Wheelchair Basketball SA)