Triumphant return for sailors

2015-08-26 11:32
The Western Cape ministry for cultural affairs and sport welcomed back the five Western Cape sailors who took part in the Quingdoa International Sailing Week Regatta in China last week.

The Western Cape ministry for cultural affairs and sport welcomed back the five Western Cape sailors who took part in the Quingdoa International Sailing Week Regatta in China last week.

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A proud Anroux Marais, MEC for cultural affairs and sport, welcomed back the five Western Cape sailors who took part in the Quingdoa International Sailing Week Regatta in China last week.

The team finished third, proudly achieving a place on the podium.

Marais said that she is extremely proud of Grassy Park’s Sieraj Jacobs, Paul Vivian from Sunset Beach; Nina Pienaar from Rosebank; Daniel Agulhas from Ocean View and Theo Yon from Hout Bay for holding the Western Cape in such high esteem at the seventh International Sailing Festival.

“I am excited to welcome the team home to personally congratulate all five of them for representing the Western Cape at the International Festival,” she said.

Team Western Cape’s participation in the event in Quingdoa is a result of the international co-operation agreement between the Western Cape Government and the Chinese province of Shandong.

As part of the agreement, the department of cultural affairs and sport, in partnership with South African Sailing Western Cape (SASWC) hosted a sailing team from the Qingdao administration centre of sailing earlier this year in April. The next proposed sporting code to partner with will be table tennis.

“Partnerships such as these are the epitome of the department of cultural affairs and sport’s mission to to encourage excellence and inclusiveness in sport and culture through the effective, efficient and sustainable use of their resources, and through creative partnerships with others.

“In moving to excellence, we will create the conditions for access and mass participation, talent identification and skills development,” she said.


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