Newcastle KZN, will be the host town for the 36th annual National Hot Air balloon Championship. Eleven balloons arrived in Newcastle from Tuesday afternoon to take part in the Championship.
Mathijs de Bruin from Amsterdam, Netherlands arrived on Monday in Newcastle. He is well respected World wide in Hot Air balloon Circles. This will make the National Event in Newcastle in a World league of its own.
The following competitors will take part in this years competition. Their balloon registration in brackets.
1Eugene SCHILZ RSAZU-HAA
2Danie MINNAAR RSAZS-HXF
3Japie LEIPOLDT RSAZS-HZS
4Felicity CLEGG RSAZS-HPB
5David MCGREGOR BOTZS-HYC
6Marc NUTHALL RSAZS-HOX
7Martin LOFTY-EATON RSAZS-HPI
8Danie HONIBALL RSAZS-HGE
9Richard BOVELL RSAZS-HDE
10Vincent COOK RSAZS-HOL
11Jim SEATON-ROGERS RSAZS-LMG
The community of Newcastle can visit the following link for daily results on the competition. http://www.debruijn.de/bscoring/peno/enb/results.htm
The event will start at about 6am every morning and 2pm every afternoon. Times are weather permitting and can change. The venue will also change every day. The community must send a whats up to 082 923 0078 if they would like to receive updates of where and when the balloons will be every day.
The Newcastle Advertiser will sponsor the Sunday event where all the balloons will fly out of the Madadeni Stadium in the morning.
Channel 144 , Kwela confirm that they will be in town on Friday and Saturday to film the event. Let's show our support and follow the balloons around.
Any company whom would like to become involved with the Prize Giving as a sponsor can phone Johan Pieters from Champ Marketing and Events on 082 923 0078