Powerboat racing, in particular, is a marine sport with a very strong following in this region. And they proudly hold their national team, Victory, to high esteem. The team has already won several powerboat racing competitions, like the F1 competition and the UIM Class 1 Championship. Their wins are recognized both within the region and abroad and have put Dubai on the world map. Victory Team currently holds an impressive six Class 1 championship and four Class 2 Championships. These achievements are quite a remarkable feat, particularly for a team which was only formed in the early 90’s and was then considered an underdog of this particular sport.
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Wales Sevens coach Gareth Baber has named a strong squad for the Hanover Sevens in a bid to win entry to next year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai.
They are seeded second for next week’s final European leg of the qualification series of tournaments.
Baber said: “We have put ourselves in a good position by winning our two recent tournaments to get to this tournament in the first place.”
Wales need to finish in the top two of their pool to qualify.
“The Hanover Sevens promises to be highly competitive competition with all 12 teams having reached this stage through their own qualifying tournaments,” Baber added.
Wales Sevens: Johnathan Edwards (Scarlets, capt), Lee Beach (Neath), Rhodri McAtee (Cornish Pirates), Lee Williams (Scarlets), Martin Roberts (Scarlets), James Lewis (Dragons), Gareth Chapman (Cardiff), Alec Jenkins (London Welsh), James Merriman (Neath), Dafydd Hewitt (Blues), Andy Powell (Blues), Richie Pugh (Cardiff), Nick Macleod (Sale).