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Eastern delight for Kim, Chase

By Mark Etheridge

Western Cape athletes Chase Minnaar and Kim Brugman had joint reason to celebrate Wednesday.

They both celebrated their birthdays at the unlikely venue of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.

They’re in Taiwan as part of Team SA who are competing in the World Games, the world’s blue riband event for non-Olympic sports and held every four years after an Olympic year. Brugman turned 24 and Minnaar 23.

But it was nothing out of the ordinary for Brugman who hails from Fish Hoek and will represent her country in the lifesaving events.

“I’m so used to spending my birthday away from home .. in fact I’ve only done that once in about the last five years.

Minnaar, now based with the world champion Sevens Rugby squad in Stellenbosch, went to school at St Andrews in  Grahamstown after spending much of his life on a farm near Graaff Reinet.