21 March 2017
(Photo courtsey of Targa Australia)
Igor Van Gerwin may be known for Anvers Chocolate in Tasmania’s North West, but during the Australian Masters Games in October he is trading in the chef’s hat for driving gloves when he participates in hillclimb at Lake Barrington.
Van Gerwin first got involved in cars when he joined the MG Car Club Tasmania in 1994 to navigate in Targa Tasmania. He is still a member of the MG Car Club Tasmania, and in the years since has joined the North-West Car Club, which manage quite a few of the events in Tasmania.
“The North-West Car Club runs track-days and hillclimbs, as well as rallies, and they are great in helping and encouraging anyone new to the sport,” Van Gerwin Said.
The local club is looking forward to the Australian Masters Games national competition.
“We want to see how we do against all the others from the mainland,” Van Gerwin said.
“I knew about the Games a while ago and I am excited to be a part of such a fantastic event for the north west coast.”
Van Gerwin is originally from Belgium and came to Tasmania’s North West 30 years ago when his sister found him a job in Devonport.
“I went backpacking here 30 years ago and haven’t left. I love the people, culture, nature…it isn’t overcrowded and it is an ideal place to bring a family up and to be involved.”
Although he is only competing in hillclimb, Van Gerwin is also a part of the Judo Club of Devonport and is a name well known throughout the community.
Anvers Chocolate has grown from servicing only a few local shops to a large factory and tourist attraction with tasting rooms and a museum of chocolate. It has become one of the places to go when visiting Tasmania.
More than 10,000 athletes and spectators will come together in Adelaide in 2019 for the 17th Australian Masters Games.
Tasmania’s North West has put on a show during eight days of memorable Australian Masters Games action, according to Games general manager Scott Wade.
It is impressive for anyone to take up a sport in their later years and compete as a Masters athlete, but starting out as a gymnast at the age of 60 is a remarkable achievement by Alexander Beernink.