Sarah sails away to China

2015-08-11 06:01
Nina Pienaar, a UCT student from Rosebank, is currently in China to represent South Africa in a sailing competition.

Nina Pienaar, a UCT student from Rosebank, is currently in China to represent South Africa in a sailing competition.

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Nina Pienaar (24) from Rosebank is excited – and nervous – to be selected as one of the four sailors who is representing South Africa in the seventh Qingdao International Sailing Week in China.

Besides being over the moon about travelling out of the country to compete with other big guns in the game, she is excited that it’s an opportunity for her to learn from others and also to share with them what she has learnt of the sport so far.

The competition at the Olympic sailing centre started on Friday and will finish on 17 August.

Her journey as a sailor started two years ago when she saw a sailing competition at her university and she vowed to herself that she would also do that one day, as she found it fascinating.

When she got into the boat for the first time, she says, it was an overwhelming experience.

“It was unbelievable and I just knew I wanted to do this. It was a whole new thing and I just enjoyed it from the start. It’s a good thing and it’s a lot of fun. Since then I have been going from strength to strength,” she says.

Pienaar, who is a University of Cape Town student in Archaeology, says she is excited to be representing the country.

“There is a lot to learn. I’m so happy to have got this opportunity and we will try our best to do well. The team has been training hard and we have put in a lot of hours. We will give it our best,” she says.

Teaming up with Pienaar on this journey is team manager Sieraj Jacobs, Paul Vivian, Daniel Agulhas and Theo Yon.

Bev le Sueur, Western Cape chairperson of South African Sailing (SAS), says they are the cream of the crop.

“These youngsters were selected from over 68 sailors in the Western Cape and will face tough competition in China from other sailing nations. They have been working hard, so we believe they will represent us well,” says Le Sueur.

Thabo Tutu, director for sport promotion in the department of cultural affairs and sports, says this participation in China is a result of an agreement between the Western Cape government and Shandong province, which hosts the Qingdao Sailing Centre, the centre that trains China’s Olympic team

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