Nurturing black F1 boat pilots

BLACK champions are being could be produced through the developmental programme of the South African Formula 1 Powerboat Race.

BLACK champions are being could be produced through the developmental programme of the South African Formula 1 Powerboat Race.

"This programme will run for three years and four sessions in each year. We trust that we will be able to produce a few black F1 pilots in South Africa," Zola Key, the publicist for the South African Formula 1 Powerboat Race taking place in Parys, Free State this weekend, said this week.

"Moeketsi Moshodi, the Ngwathe local municipality mayor, has welcomed this initiative in his municipality," Key said. "Moeketsi sees this as an opportunity to produce black powerboat pilots in the province."

He also sees the event as an opportunity to expose the municipality's tourist attraction sites in the area, like the Vredeford Dome.

South Africa's sole black powerboating stalwart is Steven Zungu, who is currently with Team Lotto.

About 10 development beneficiaries aged between nine and 15 will compete in regular races over the next three years, starting with the 2009 South African Formula 1 Powerboat race on September 26 and 27 at Parys, hosted by the Parys Golf and Country Estate, Phakisa Sports Events and Development.

"Powerboat racing is a secondary sport that still needs to be transformed and it is through such programmes that we can achieve genuine transformation," says Dhilosen Pillay, CEO of Phakisa.

In addition to the developmental and F1 racing spectacles, entertainment for the whole family is in store, including junior racing, Formula 30, inflatable racing, hard-bottom racing and an air display.

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