Top Billing profiles top snow boarder Anthon Bosch
Anthon Bosch has been taking part in board sports since he was a child. Now 23 years old, this second generation South African, who was born in exile in Sweden, is on a mission to become both the first South African Winter Olympian, and the first ever African Winter Olympian!
While South Africa doesn’t generally compete in winter sports or the Winter Olympics, Anthon chooses to represent South Africa because of his heritage, what his activist grandfather fought for, and of course his love for this country.
Happily, nearly 60 years after his grandfather was exiled, Anthon and his family have relocated to Cape Town, giving him an opportunity to reconnect with his roots.
We caught up with Anthon at the Ultimate Ears Winter Whip Championship where, in his first start since a recent knee injury, Anton proved to be the star he is known to be.
Winning the Winter Whip Championship is just one of his many impressive achievements, and while the sport may be a lonely one, his father serves as a pillar of strength and support on many levels. Not only does he provide guidance to Anthon as a parent, he also serves as his manager and coach.
As Anthon continues to excel in snowboarding, he wants to show others the opportunities that athletic excellence and hard work can provide. He also hopes to encourage future generations to learn about, and participate in snowboarding in Africa.
The pro boarder now looks forward to the invite he received to join Team Mottolino, where Mottolino Ski Resort will host the 2020 Winter Olympic Freestyle Ski and snowboarding events.
As Nelson Mandela said, “sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.”
We can’t wait to see what Anthon achieves next!