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Prestige Sports Award for UKZN Sailor

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BSc Mechanical Engineering first-year student and yachtsman Mr Jethro Brophy-Tintinger is the recipient of a 2019 UKZN Prestige Sports Scholarship, awarded for outstanding achievement in sport at provincial, national or international level.

Durban boy born and bred, Brophy-Tintinger has always loved the beach and the glorious weather the city offers.

‘Durban’s climate and closeness to the sea is what spurred my passion for sailing and helped me make my final decision to study at UKZN,’ said Brophy-Tintinger.

The scholarship is in recognition of his outstanding performances in the UKZN Junior Sailing team.

In 2018, Brophy-Tintinger took part in the Lipton Cup event held off Durban – one of the most prestigious regattas with an incredible history. He sailed with the Point Yacht Club team which finished in second place.

During the 2018 Youth Nationals, Brophy-Tintinger finished third on a two-man Hobie 16 which he skippered. ‘This year I joined the UKZN sailing team and have competed in two inter-varsity regattas where I was the skipper and finished second place in both,’ said Brophy-Tintinger.

He thanked the sponsors for the scholarship, saying he believes it will open bigger and better opportunities for him in sailing.

‘My parents are delighted to see my hard work paying off after all their years of supporting me.  If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here,’ he said.

Brophy-Tintinger is gearing up for an inter-varsity team sailing league at the Vaal Dam this month.

Words: Zolile Duma

Photograph: Supplied