. . . scores Africa first by hosting world boating event
Munyaradzi Chiwanza, Sasolburg
SOUTH Africa will make history this weekend when it hosts the F2 Power Boating World Championship in Sasolburg – the first time the global event has ever been held in Africa.
Eight countries have confirmed their participation in the annual showpiece, won last year by Sweden’s Erik Stark in Nottingham, England.
Fittingly, Free State boating stars Adriaan Tromp and Wynand de Jager will be spearheading South Africa’s quest for glory on home waters.
“I have had month of preparation and every weekend I was in the water – so I am ninety 90 percent ready now,” Tromp told the Free State Times this week.
Like wine, the 40-year-old national boating champion is getting better with age, winning races in Mpumalanga and Parys this year alone.
“All my hard work is coming to a point in my life and now it’s my chance to show my talent and my passion for the sport,” he said.
Tromp, competing on the world stage for the first time in his career, is hoping to put up an impressive show in Sasolburg this weekend where he will face will face seasoned campaigners from Sweden, France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.
“I hope to make it during the series and compete overseas next year,” he said.
“I have never competed at this level of competition but I will see on the day of the race.”