Do­ing the na­tion proud

Cape Times - - FRONT PAGE - OKUHLE HLATI okuhle.hlati@inl.co.za

WESTERN CAPE po­lice of­fi­cer Kabous Louw will fly the South African flag high at the World An­gling Games next year.

She was re­cently crowned the Shore An­gling World Cham­pion, re­claim­ing her ti­tle in Llan­dudno, Wales.

The 46-year-old Pub­lic Or­der Polic­ing (POP) unit mem­ber clinched her sec­ond award at the 26th World Shore An­gling Cham­pi­onships for women and also won in the cat­e­gory for catch­ing the most fish.

Louw took to the podium again when her team, the South African Proteas, achieved sec­ond place over­all at the six-day cham­pi­onships.

The over­whelmed 46-year-old Wellington res­i­dent said she caught the fish­ing bug at a young age when she used to ac­com­pany her late father, who

taught her to fish.

“Although I can­not cel­e­brate with him to­day, I know he is proud where he is. He passed away early this year but got to see my first vic­tory in 2016.

“My whole fish­ing fam­ily is happy and it means a lot to me be­ing recog­nised at work.

“I started par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­pe­ti­tions in­di­vid­u­ally, then joined a team with the po­lice. I went solo again and in 2015 I joined the na­tional team, which was an eye­opener for me,” Louw said.

She said fund­ing and find­ing spon­sors in South Africa was a big chal­lenge.

She paid for the re­cent trip and found few spon­sors who were will­ing to as­sist her. “When we win, we get tro­phies not money. If we could also get money, I would be able to save for the up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

“How­ever, that doesn’t dis­cour­age me be­cause I love this sport and it’s what I’m good at. It’s not an easy sport, the com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways tough.

“This win re­ally sur­prised me. It re­quires one to be fit and be adapt­able,”Louw added.

She has started pre­par­ing as the na­tional team will be leav­ing for Namibia on Novem­ber 28.

In Fe­bru­ary next year Louw will be rep­re­sent­ing South Africa at the World An­gling Games, to be held in Lange­baan.

Po­lice spokesper­son Novela Potelwa said Louw con­tin­ued to be an in­spi­ra­tion to mul­ti­tudes across the globe, in­clud­ing fel­low South Africans.

“Her un­par­al­leled achieve­ments are the pride of all SAPS mem­bers in the Western Cape,” she said.

“We trust that she will con­tinue to hold the South African flag high as she soars to even greater heights in shore an­gling.”

AR­MAND HOUGH African News Agency (ANA)

Prop­erty mogul Ja­son Ro­hde’s R100 000 bail was re­voked and he was im­me­di­ately re­manded in cus­tody af­ter be­ing found guilty of mur­der­ing his wife Su­san. |

KABOUS LOUW

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.