Uvongo-based Faith Lategan is over the moon after being selected to serve as skipper at the Fishing World Games in Sodwana in February.
Lategan in 2016 became the first woman to be awarded South African Deep Sea Angling Association colours for skipping and is set for another milestone at the upcoming international sports fishing competition.
“I really don’t know how to express how incredibly proud and humbled I am at this,” said Lategan, who’s a member of Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club.
“I am nothing spectacular in our sport, nor am I the greatest it has to offer in skippers, but I learn and I become better and now I will also have the privilege of working with and learning from the best the world has to offer.
“I could never have dreamt of this even for a moment when I took my first steps in skipping a boat. Thank you SADSAA, oom Lappies Labuschagne and the biggest thanks of all to Charles du Plessis for the incredible trust and belief he has shown in me over the years.
“He’s the unsung hero in what I have achieved in our sport. His dedication to this sport and to grow me is inspiring and humbling.
“Thank you for MeSteph and for the trust and belief. This will be my greatest achievement in the sport and I am so deeply and utterly humbled.
“To the other skippers; congratulations to you all too. We will make South Africa proud.”