Bloemfontein-based spinner Allison Fortuin (19) better known as Ally when on the pitch, is competing at the Red Bull Shay’iMoto competition, which is taking place on Saturday, 19 October 2019 in Johannesburg at the Wheels n smoke Arena.
This competition will see 16 of Mzansi’s high-profile spinners from various parts of the country go head-to-head in a battle to be crowned the first ever champion. Fortuin told Bloemfontein Courant that being part of competition such as this really means the world to her and she sees it as an opportunity. She has been spinning since the age of 13 and believes that her love for the sport was definitely ignited by her father, Rodger fortuin, as her and her siblings used to go to spinning shows with him. “That’s where I got hooked on the adrenalin” she said.
She added that their parents is what motivates them to always do their best. She explained that preparing for a competition such as this is equally a mental and physical process, especially for someone like her who also has a 9 to 5 job and a living in Bloemfontein where there is not a place for spinners to go and practise like the Wheelz n Smoke Arena.
She said spinning is an expensive sport and that she is so grateful for her sponsors. According to Fortuin the spinning industry is a man’s world and females are normally questioned when taking part but for her and the many other females nothing else matters when on the pitch.
“From the moment you get into the car, you are on a whole other level in terms of concentration and adrenaline. In the future I really hope to have my own spin pitch where I can train people because this sport really keeps people out of a lot of unnecessary things.” Fortuin said she is really looking forward to participating in the competition and hopes that it will motivate others to become part of the spinning industry. – Sazly Hartzenburg