Samantha Bloemsma and Jan Johnson - MEDAL WINNERS!!!

Update - 2023 IWWF E&A +35 Championship 

11-17 September the best skiers from Europe and Africa came together to compete in the Over 35 Champs, which was held in France. South Africa was represented by three skiers; Jan Johnson, Samantha Bloemsma & Robbie Alexander. Feedback from the skiers is that the site was perfect for skiing.

Jan, skiing in the +65 Women Slalom, led the division after the preliminary round with a score of 3.5 buoys on a 13m rope, just 1 buoy shy of her own tournament record.
In the finals, Marie Blanche Tapiero from France put the pressure on with a score of 3 buoys on a 13m. But Jan not only surpassed that score to take gold, but set a new record with a score of 5 buoys on a 13m rope.

Robbie, the 2022 +45 Men Slalom champion, suffered an early fall on the 12m rope in the preliminary round when his ski clipped buoy 4. Unfortunately, a score of 3.5 buoys on a 12m rope was not enough to make the finals and defend his title.
I guess this just highlights the sudden death and difficulty of the sport. One tiny error and you are done.

Samantha, skiing in +35 Women Division, participates in all three events of tournament skiing, namely; Slalom, Tricks and Jump. Preliminary rounds were a mixed bag, where she missed out on making finals for tricks, was the last finals qualifier in slalom, and placed 2nd in jump, which in itself was an achievement after taking a crash.
A distance of 26.1m in the jump final was enough to secure the silver medal. First out on the water in the slalom finals, Sam put the other skiers under pressure with a superb score of 1.5 buoys on a 12m rope. It was only the last skier, Kelly Atkins (UK), that managed pip Sam to gold with a score of 2 buoys on a 12m rope.
Being a 3-event skier, Sam was also vying for the Overall title, where the points from Slalom, Tricks and Jump are added together. It came down to the wire where Sam missed out on top spot by a mere 18 points out of total of 3000 points.

Jan Johnson: GOLD – Slalom
(+65 Women)

Samantha Bloemsma: SILVER – Slalom
(+35 Women) SILVER – Jump
SILVER – Overall

Congratulations Team SA 

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Jan Johnson crowned +65 Europe & Africa Champion!!! 2023-defending her title and setting a new record 5@13m 

With 5 bouy at 13m Jan Johnson collects the GOLD medal In France.
Fantastic skiin'!!!!


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Samantha Bloemsma competed in the 2023 European +35 Championships in France and won 3 Silver medals!!!

Samantha Bloemsma (nee Martin) has been competing since the age of 13. She has competed in almost every European Championships in the age groups since then. Samatha is a 3 event skier and has won medals at the European level. Her best scores are 36.4m in the ramp event, 3640 in the trick event and 3@12m in the slalom event.
Samantha believes  skiing is her life. She runs a ski school in the Uk where she is able to give her 2 little boys the outdoor life and exposure to good people and good things. "Watersport lifstyle is a dream come true".


GOLD for Jan Johnson 65+ Slalom
GOLD for Rob Alexaner 45+ Slalom
2* Bronze for Samantha Bloemsma
35+ Jump/Overall!!!!
RSA - 8th 
Fantastic effort!!!

Andrew Bowes, Samantha Bloemsma, Jan Johnson, Rob Alexander
Andrew Bowes - 3@13m-14th
Jan Johnson 4.5@13m-GOLD
Samantha Bloemsma 0.5@12m-4th, tricks 2030 - 4th, jump 29.8 3rd, Overall 3rd
Rob Alexander 3@10.75-GOLD
Proudly South African:
Rob Alexander, Jan Johnson, Brett Nieuwstad, Samantha Bloemsma, Andrew Bowes
Andrew Bowes - 3@13m 
Jan Johnson 4.5@13m-1st
Samantha Bloemsma 0.5@12m-4th, tricks 2030 - 4th, jump 29.8 2nd
Rob Alexander 3@11.25-3rd

Represented RSA in International Championships in 2022!

Travis Fisher rocks at the World Games!

Travis rocks the finals at the World Games in the USA!!!
Proudly South African
SASCOC supporting Travis Fisher at the World Games
Nozipho Jafta - SASCOC CEO, Karen Mcclintock - IWWF,
 Jose Perez-IWWF President,
Travis FIsher-STAR,
Barry Hendricks-SASCOC President,
on the right - Kim Pople-SASCOC Director
Nozipho Jafta - SASCOC CEO, Karen Mcclintock - IWWF,
Jose Perez-IWWF President,
Barry Hendricks-SASCOC President,
Kim Pople-SASCOC Director

Robbie Alexander EU/Africa +45 Champion 2022

Robbie Alexander has been competing in the Slalom event for over 36 years. He has represented South Africa in numerous European Championships in his age group and is a former European and African Champion. He has ranked in the top 10 skiers in the world in his age group a number of times. Robbie's best score in competition is 2@10.25m. He is the only South African to have cleared a pass at 10.75m.
He is the Gold Medalist at the EU/Africa Champs 2022
Goodluck Robbie - we hope you bring the title back with you this year.

Jan Johnson World +65 Champion 2022

Jan Johnson has been skiing since 1967. Jan took a long break from competitive tournament skiing until 2009 when she found the right ski. jan has competed in 11 European & Africa Championships. She has won gold in 9 and silver in 2. Jan's best score in competition is 5@12m@52kph.

Jan is the Gold Medalist at the EU/Africa 2022 Champs.....with a pending record!!

Andrew Bowes competed in the European +35 Championships in Greece

Andrew Bowes started skiing at 13 and represented Western Province in the early 1990s. After 25 years he started agin in 2017. 2022 will be Andrew's 2nd European Championships appearance. Andrew's best score in competition is 1@12m.

Nicholas Stegmann represented RSA in the
All African Championships in Cape Town
May 2022

Nicholas Stegmann started skiing in 2010 in Elgin. He has to setting new SA records in the Under 12& 14 age groups and equaloing the records in under 17& 21. nicholas has competed in the Europe and Africa Youth and Under 17 World Championships and moomba Masters - an invitational event. Nicholas ended in the top 3 in the prelims of these events but the finals was not to be, although he could have won them. He has maintined a World Ranking in the top 5 skiers in his age group undr 14&17. All this with minimal external coaching. he is now focusing on his studying.

Jason Stegmann represented RSA in the
All African Championships in Cape Town
May 2022

Jason Stegmann started skiing at the age of 10 and represented SA in the Youth Championships for the first time in 2017. He scored 1@13@55 and qualified for his National colours. He also competed in 2018 in the Youth Championships in Ukraine. This year in the All Africa Championships, Jason improved his best score to 1@11@58 - an incredible achievement!