Local sportSport

Heather makes Ugu proud

Aiming for her seventh SA masters title, Heather unfortunately endured a slow heat. However, a last minute act of heroics saw her finish in second place.

It was a valiant effort from the Ugu Masters team that competed at the 2021 SA Masters champs hosted my at Victoria Bay near George from August 19 to 22.

A small team with huge heart took to the surf in in the Western Cape over four days of competition run in excellent surf.

It was evergreen and defending women’s champion Heather ‘Fergie’ Clark who proved to be the top performer for the South Coast team, advancing with ease into the final of the women’s over 30 category.

Aiming for her seventh SA masters title, Heather unfortunately endured a slow heat. However, a last minute act of heroics saw her finish in second place.

“I really wanted to win this event and dedicate it to my mom and dad who have both died in the last year. I went with them to champs there many years ago and had good memories of that trip but, I unfortunately didn’t pull off a win,” she said.

Heather, who recently turned 50, is still the most decorated SA champion of all time, male or female, having won eight SA Open titles and six SA masters titles.

It wasn’t as pleasant an outing for the men’s O45 where defending champion Gary van Wieringen, who won his O45 Round 3 heat and advanced to the quarter finals, eventually placed third.

Grant van der Linde took third place in his O45 Round 3 heat and Justin Maisch in his O40 quarter finals, placed third while Reg Horne placed third in his O55 quarter finals.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Like the South Coast Herald’s Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram

Back to top button