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As always, Al Forsan International Sports Resort is a beehive of action this autumn with several ongoing and upcoming activities to take part in.
Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital’s premier sporting facility has you covered over the next few months regardless of whatever sport you’re into.
Motorsport lovers can rejoice as the kart circuit is the perfect place to show off your skills behind the wheel.
Three types of karts are on offer: Cadet, available to ages eight to 11 and reaching up to 30 miles per hour; Senior, open to anyone aged 12 and above and topping at 50mph; and two-stroke Rotax, requiring a minimum age of 16 and darting up to 70mph.
You can also gear up for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, taking place from November 24-26, by booking exclusive packages, starting from Dh2,080.
If you’re someone who enjoys creating waves, the National Wakeboarding Championship Finals are the place to be.
Taking place on November 3, participants can register for the competition, costing Dh250 per person, in the following categories: boys aged seven to 11, boys aged 12 to 16, girls aged seven to 14, and men and women aged 30-plus.
If hitting targets is more your style, Al Forsan’s gun range, featuring distances of 50m and 300m, is where you can sharpen your aim. Ten shots are priced at Dh230.
If you want to make it a competition, join in on the Rifle 300m challenge and put your shooting skills to the test.
Running until November 31, participants can take a shot at winning up to Dh4,000.
Al Forsan also has a Sporting Clay competition which will run from December 1 to December 31 and feature single and double clay targets in a shoot-off.
First, second and third-place winners in the men’s and women’s category will walk away with Dh5,000, Dh3,000 and Dh2,000 respectively, as well as a trophy.
Finally, Al Forsan continues to deliver a top-quality equestrian experience with their riding school, which opened in September.
Beginners and advanced riders can get hands-on attention from qualified instructors from the British Horse Society.
Registration is currently open for the season, which goes until May 17, 2018, with sessions running from 16:00 to 19:00.
Paintball fans can take to Al Forsan’s themed field in their climate-controlled air domes. Group packages are available and the latest markers and equipment are available for rental.
Whether it’s on the track, on the range or on a horse, Al Forsan will keep you moving before the end of the year.
What: Al Forsan activities and competitions
Where: Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Abu Dhabi
When: Various activities running over the next few months
Contact: Visit www.alforsan.com for more information and booking
Saturday saw a record-breaking 330 children from schools across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain take part in the season opening of the Junior Aquathlon.
In its fourth year, the popular Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon, presented by Daman’s ActiveLife, saw young participants from ages of 4 – 18 years take to the calm waters of Al Bateen Beach.
Organized by Gulf Multi Sports and sponsored by Daman’s ActiveLife, a National Health Insurance Company – Daman’s health and fitness initiative, the Aquathlon facilitated five category races, namely the Super Sprint, Junior Competitive, Junior Splash and Dash, the Tiny Tri Event, and the Beach Blast.
This season’s opening event offered a new, exciting category called the Beach Blast, giving the much younger athletes a chance – most accompanied by a parent – to run through the shallow waters of the beach and sprint back on the sand to the enthusiastic applause of family and friends.
Junior athletes in the Super Sprint, Junior Competitive, and Junior Splash and Dash took to the protected waters of the Al Bateen Public Beach, sprinting into the ocean for a swim, ranging from 50m to 375m.
Following the successful swim, the children continued on, running along the beachfront pathways with distances ranging from 100m to 2.5km culminating in a final sprint to the finish line.
With multiple awards handed out to the winners of the categories, nobody went home empty handed, with all participants crossing the finish line receiving a medal and a participation gift.
School Awards went to Al Rabeeh Academy (1st), Raha International School (2nd) and British School Al Kubairat (3rd) for highest participation from a school.
While the top Athletics Achievement awards were spread across a breadth of schools – Raha International (1st), Lycee Louis Massignon (2nd) and British School Al Khabairat.
There were some outstanding individual performances of the morning, with Pauline De Groof from Raha International school taking first place in the Super Sprint female category and fastest overall in a time of 17m50sec, while Roughan Gaetz (Raha) won the male Super Sprint male category in a great time of 18m 43 seconds.
The Junior competitive race was won by Jude Roberts (BSAK) and Charlotte Navratil (Brighton) in Under10 category, Ralph Feghali from Lycee Louise Massignon and Aasiyah Ssennyonjo Brighton College Al Ain in Under 12 category and Mawarn Ferreira from Lycee Louise Massignon and Christelle Feghali of Lycee Louise Massignon in the Under 14 category and in the over 14’s the winners were Finlay Mackenzie of British School Al Khubairat and Yara Feghaly from Lycee Louise Massignon.
The Stand out event of the day was the newly established Beach Blast, a 50m wade through the water before a 150m beach sprint featuring over 60 students from Al Rabeeh School and Academy and the family favorite Tiny Tri featuring over 100 children between the ages of 4 and 8 years.
Steve Watson, Managing Partner of Gulf Multi Sport, said: “We are very excited to see the increase in participation and popularity of the event, with such a wonderful broad and diverse range of ages and nationalities.
There were so many spectators that came to support friends and family, with many first time young athletes. How wonderful to see such a tremendous growth in health and fitness in the youth of the region.
We look forward to seeing more children join the Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon series. Thank you to Al Bateen Public Beach for hosting this year’s race with a record high number of entries; and to our valued partners Daman’s ActiveLife, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Al Ain Water and National Ambulance. ”
Dr. Sven Rohte, Chief Commercial Officer at Daman, said: “The number of participants is truly impressive. For the past three years, we have witnessed with excitement how this event has grown into one of the key family fitness events in Abu Dhabi. The series is a perfect training ground for the more challenging TriYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife which caters to different age groups and abilities as well. I hope to see many of today’s participants joining me in that event too.”
25 November 2017 and 10 February 2018 will see the second and third races of the Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon series, returning to the popular Al Bateen Beach.