“The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” – Ken Doherty
Did you know that the first Olympic race was won by a chef! Taking place in 776 BC, the first Olympic race was won by a chef named Corubus. After receiving his first paycheck, he hired a cook and an agent! The brilliant world of sport is filled with wonder! Providing the average person with a fun way to exercise and entertain oneself and others, sports are played across the world, often varying from country to country, much like native cuisine, there are many choices the world has access to.
As interest has grown over the years resulting in a multi-billion-rand industry that entertains viewers across the globe, there has been several sports facilities and structures erected over time, offering world-class venues and amenities. We look at some of the top sporting facilities in the world.
Burj al Arab Tennis Court, Dubai
As the world’s highest tennis court, this rooftop green area is located atop the 4th highest hotels in the world at 321m. Constructed in 1999, this epic hotel is notably known to have hosted famous players, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi in 2005 for a high-profile match before heading off to the Dubai Tennis Championships.
Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa
Also known as the FNB stadium or “The Calabash”, this beautiful stadium is homegrown and rich in history. Bordering the Soweto area of Johannesburg, this world class soccer stadium is famous for being the location where Nelson Mandela gave his first speech following his release from prison. This world-class facility is one to see if you’re a sports fanatic.
Tournesol Swimming Pool, France
Originally designed by famous architect, Bernard Schoeller, the Tournesol swimming pool was constructed as a contemporary pool with a dome that could be opened to turn the space into the outside and formed part of a network of pools in France in the 70’s. Upgraded and remodeled by Urbane Kultur, the swimming pool now hosts improved thermal efficiency, dressing rooms and remodeled inside and outside door cladding.
To experience a range of top sports facilities, Gold Coast Estate boasts access to a myriad of exercise and sports offerings with access to a 500m² private gym, recreational studio, high-altitude training room and 25-metre lap pool; all within the estate. Experience an international atmosphere when taking your training or recreation to another level within Gold Coast Estate.