Olympic Medallist Bianca Buitendag to Inspire Up and Coming Surfers

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC, Anroux Marais, officially honoured Olympic silver medallist, Bianca Buitendag, on Monday morning with an official meet and greet. Photo: Alan Winde (Twitter)

Olympic silver medallist, Bianca Buitendag, has partnered with the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, to create increased opportunities for aspiring young surfers across the Western Cape.

Buitendag took part in an official meet and greet as she was officially celebrated by Premier of Western Cape, Alan Winde and Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC Anroux Marais on Monday morning,

“I commend Bianca Buidendag on her successes at the Olympics. She is an inspiration to the many young female athletes of our province and our country, who may also aspire to participate in the Olympics.

“Her success is a testament to what can be enjoyed through passion and sheer grit. It was a pleasure to meet and congratulate her in person today together with Minister Marais,” said Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde.

After the official meet and greet, both the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and Buitendag, visited Lavender Hill High School and the 9miles Project at Strandfontein Pavillion, where Buitendag will be sharing her experiences as an Olympian Surfing medallist to motivate that nothing is impossible with hard work, passion and dedication.

“As a professional surfer from Victoria Bay, Buitendag grew up in an ocean loving family and started surfing at a very young age, exploring the Southern Cape’s coast for as long as she can remember.

“She started her competitive surfing career at the age 10 and was crowned 6-times South African National champion before the age of 16. She then turned professional, going on the World Championship Tour in 2013, at the age 19. She was on Tour for 5 years, ended 4th in the world rankings in 2015, had final finishes in 4 World Tour events and has now recently brought home the silver medal at the Olympics held in Tokyo this year,” added MEC Anroux Marais.

Buitendag was recently announced as one of five Ministerial Recognition of Excellence recipients on the Momentum gsport Awards stage following her historic Olympic silver medal.

The Western Cape province said that they are excited to join Buitendag in a similar tour in her hometown of Victoria Bay and the greater George region in the near future to determine how best they can assist in her new endeavours to create increased opportunities for aspiring young surfers across the Western Cape.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC, Anroux Marais, officially honoured Olympic silver medallist, Bianca Buitendag, on Monday morning with an official meet and greet. Photo: Alan Winde (Twitter)

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