"I have officially retired" - Olympic surfer Bianca Buitendag ready for next phase

"I have officially retired" - Olympic surfer Bianca Buitendag ready for next phase

Olympic silver medalist Bianca Buitendag spoke to the Scenic Drive about the next phase of her life.

Bianca Buitendag
Supplied/ Bianca Buitendag

Bianca Buitendag from Victoria Bay in the Western Cape walked away with a silver medal as she made her surfing debut at the Olympics. 

This was the first time the sport was included in the Olympics.

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Buitendag won South Africa's second medal winner after swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker won a gold medal.

 The Tuks student won the women's 200m breaststroke final, setting a new world record. 

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After making history as South Africa's first surfer to win a medal at any Olympics, Buitendag would like to start giving back and working with orphaned and vulnerable children.

Buitendag obtained a bachelor of science degree in finance and accounting from Northeastern University in Boston.

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The Scenic Drive team and Robbie Kruse spoke to Buitendag about her surfing career, the Olympics, and the future.

 "After school, my parents gave me a year to perform in surfing."

Buitendag continued by saying that she also decided to get a degree. 

"I have officially retired and will not take part in the next Olympics. I'm ready for the next phase of my life," Buitendag continued. 

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Image Credit: Supplied/ Bianca Buitendag

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