By John Tuerijama
NEWLY crowned African water skier champion, Natascha Rottcher promises to clinch onto her title after scooping it at the All African Championships held in Durban, South Africa recently.
The 22-year-old broke the standing record in the Open Women’s category with a score of 2.25 buoys with a 12 m rope at a boat speed of 55km per hour.
The previous African record holder, retired Zimbabwean-born Kim Rice had her claws firmly affixed on the continental record until Rottcher came along and broke the record in style.
Rottcher achieved eight-place out of a total of 33 competitors. She was the only woman out of ten females who competed in the tournament to run a 13m pass and did so with the highest and best female score.
In an exclusive interview with Confidente this week, Rottcher indicated that she started her skiing career in 2007 at the Von Bach Dam, southeast of Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa region. According to her, in 2008, she had her first-ever professional training in Florida, United States of America after she received a skiing scholarship from the Florida Southern College.
She had a three-year scholarship, and successfully graduated last year but is now looking towards obtaining a degree in business from the same college.
“I had my first-ever international competition in 2012 in the Under-21 World Championships held in France,” Rottcher explained.
“Since it was my first time competing internationally, I did not do that very well because I was nervous.
I started with swimming first but ended up doing water skiing which I truly love. I love water sport and I received professional training.”
Rottcher thanked the Namibia Water Ski Association for supporting the gold medallist financially. “I will like to thank the Federation and I wish to thank my parents for their continuous support and for always believing in me, and for the opportunities that they give me. Let me also give a ‘one big thank you’ to Red Bull Namibia who also supported me at the All Africa Championships in South Africa.”
Oozing with confidence on her new accomplishment, Rottcher who is leaving for the US on 17 April said she will compete in various tournaments during the month of May.“I really want to improve the Namibian record especially in the open women division which I broke in 2017.”
The young sportswoman noted that she feels extremely relived after training very hard for the 2018 All African Championships.
“Sure I was a little bit nervous but the training did pay off and I thanked my coach for the motivation. I hope my achievement has inspired others in the sport fraternity to work very hard.”
The Namibian champion is expected to successfully defend her African record at 2021 All African Championships.
The water skier sensation is also expected to compete at various European championships which will afford her the opportunity to compete against the very best of the best in the world.
“I love the dam atmosphere and my parents including my older sister have truly motivated me to train very hard for the championships and other international competitions.”
She continued: “I want to balance my studies with skiing however I am still undecided which business I must undertake as I am still playing with a number of ideas.” “I hope to push back the record to 11m and have it stay there for a longer possible time.”
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