Sarah-Quita Offringa, 6x PWA Freestyle World Champion received one of the highest recognition from the Queen Beatrix of Holland: to be knighted in the order of Oranje-Nassau on May 1st, 2013. Here is the official letter:
We caught with Sarah-Quita and here is what she had to say:
"On the 1st of May, I received a recognition for being 6 times PWA World Champion from the Aruban Governor Fredis Refunjol with consent from Queen Beatrix of Holland. I was knighted and am now a knight in the order of Oranje-Nassau!
It was all the more special for 2 reasons. This year, I was the youngest person to be knighted in the whole of Netherlands and it was also the last time Queen Beatrix would give her consent for these recognitions as she has abdicated in favor of her son King Willem-Alexander.
The ceremony was held at the "Aruba House" in The Hague. My parents flew in from Aruba, my brother was there, many friends as well as Aruban Parliamentarians including Prime Minister Mike Eman.
I don't usually talk as much but I took the time to prepare a speech so I could properly thank people and express how much it all meant to me. Most of all I have to thank God for blessing me with all of these achievements.
Furthermore, everything I achieved up until now has been thanks to the input of so many people! Biggest thank you goes to my parents Ruud and Esther and my brother Quincy for being my role models in everything they do.
I actually made it on Dutch national television as well with some freestyle footage, which is nice as people who are not familiar with windsurfing these days can see how much the sport has changed. The response I have received from all of this was massive and I need to say I'm very appreciative of it all! Thank you !"