Namibian Waterskiers Excel in SA

Namibia’s national waterskiing team excelled at the recent All Africa Championships in South Africa, winning five gold medals, while it also won four gold medals at the South African Championships.

The two competitions took place concurrently at Lake Grappa in Kakamas, Northern Cape from 18 to 21 April.

At the All Africa Championships, Namibia produced two African champions, winning a total of five gold medals.

Natasha Rottcher was the overall African champion in the U21 Women’s category, while she also won gold in the slalom event.

Kyron Sprake was the overall African champion in the Boys U17 category, while he also won gold in the jump event.

In the same age group category, Dieter Kebbel won two gold medals in the slalom and tricks and a silver medal in the jump event.

The Women’s U21 category was dominated by Namibian skiers who won all the podium places. Besides Rottcher, Silja Waldschmidt finished second overall, while Ronja Waldschmidt finished third overall.

In the Men’s Open category, Luke Schmidt won two bronze medals in the tricks and jump events.

In the Men’s 45 and over category Andre Mostert also won two bronze medals in the slalom and tricks events.

In the Girls U17 category, Nikita Rohe won the overall bronze medal and in the Boys U14 category Morne Mostert finished fifth in the slalom event.

The All African Championships were preceded by the South African Championships where Namibian skiers won four gold, five silver and four bronze medals.

Namibia once again dominated the Women’s U21 category, with Natasha Rottcher winning the overall gold medal, Silja Waldschmidt the overall silver and Ronja Waldschmidt the overall bronze medal.

Natasha Rottcher continued her good form of late when she broke the Namibian slalom record for the second time over the past month, with a performance of two buoys on a 13 meter line at a speed of 55km per hour.

Namibia also dominated the Boys U17 category, with Kyron Sprake winning the overall gold medal and Dieter Kebbel the overall silver medal, while South Africa’s Tristan Silver won the overall bronze medal.

Sprake won gold in the jump event and silver in tricks, while Kebbel won gold in tricks and silver in the jump event.

The Girls U17 category was won by Robyn Viljoen of South Africa, with compatriot Hannah de Jongh winning silver and Nikita Rohe from Namibia winning bronze.

In the Men’s Open category, Luke Schmidt won two bronze medals in the jump and trick events, and in the Boys U14 category, Morne Mostert finished fifth overall.

In the Men’s over 45 category, Andre Mostert won bronze in the slalom and came fourth in the tricks, while Gerald Rottcher came fourth in the slalom. With the scores they achieved, both Mostert and Rottcher qualified for the Senior World Championships which will take place in Florida, United States in October 2014.

The president of the Namibia Waterski Association Martin Schmidt was delighted with the performance of the Namibian team, adding that the sport was growing from strength to strength.

Source : The Namibian