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Paintball a serious sport, not just fun

The Hoplites Paintball Team (HPT) aims to make the sport of paintball an even more popular and exciting attraction that can flourish on the West Coast.

The team is based in Langebaan, and according to Henco Lotz, the team captain, the group originated from a shared passion for the sport.

“Our team was started by a bunch of friends who had the same love for this sport, and wanted to see the paintball culture grow,” says Lotz.

Paintball is a sport where teams eliminate each other by hitting their target with a dye-filled gelatin ball fired from a marker (paintball gun).

“Finding a field in our area, something that is fundamental for our team to operate from, was a mission on its own” Lotz explains.

He added that he approached the owners of Active Adventures Langebaan to ask if the team could use their field as a training base.

“The owners Grant and Esti generously decided to revamp the field to accommodate us, and now we call the field our home base,” Lotz said.

“So far we have played a good number of friendly matches in preparation for an event called Hill 400, which will be held at Langebaanweg by the team Zerodawn, which we are allied with.”

After Hill 400 the team will start training for another event at Reapers, on Saturday 17 November, Lotz says.

“We would like to get more young people involved in this action-filled sport, as we believe this could benefit young adults by keeping them off the streets and preventing crime and drug abuse,” he said.

Lotz also said he was trying to create a breeding ground for professional players which would result in competing in competitions and becoming more competitive.

¦ For more information, you can phone HPT on 082 298 4290.

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