Team SA Olympic sailors Asanathi Jim and Roger Hudson talk about their preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games.
Asenathi Jim and his personal coach and partner Roger Hudson speak to CapeTalk's Africa Melane (standing in for Pippa Hudson) about the journey to becoming world class sailors and the upcoming Rio Olympics.
Jim, originally from the Eastern Cape, began his sailing career when his mom came to Cape Town to look for a job. In 2002 he had the opportunity to visit his mom, now working in Cape Town, for the school holidays. There was a programme offered by a sailing school in Simonstown at the time, and many of his friends were doing it.
It was boring to be alone in a township when everyone has gone to do something amazing...and they guys were asking me if I want to come and join them.— Asenathi Jim, Team SA sailor
And the rest is history. From the moment he hot the water he loved the sport of sailing.
He specialises in two-person dinghy (470) class.
He represented South Africa, along with his personal coach and partner Roger Hudson, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and has also been training throughout most of his sporting career for RaceAhead Yacht Club.
As of June 2015, Jim is ranked twentieth in the world for the two-person dinghy class by the International Sailing Federation, despite of his remarkable triumphs at the 2014 Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Netherlands.
Preparation started 7 years ago...we never took a break.— Asenathi Jim, Team SA sailor
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