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Sport in Aruba

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Aruba. Aruba is one of the four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, together with the Netherlands, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten.

Between 1952 until 1984, Aruban athletes competed as part of the Netherlands Antilles.

Aruba is located in the Caribbean. With that in mind, it is not unusual to think that it is conducive to a lot of water sports and outdoor activities. It is very popular for water sports like windsurfing and kitesurfing. The presence of constant 15 to 20 knot trade winds is great for such activities. As a matter of fact, every June, It hosts the Hi-Winds Amateur World Challenge, a ten-day amateur windsurfing tournament that attracts from novice to relatively professional level windsurfers to the beautiful island of Aruba.

But water sports are not the only sports where Aruba is known for. It has also produced some of the best athletes in the world stage and some actually made a good living in professional sports like baseball. There are a number of Major League Baseball players who are from Aruba like Xander Yan Bogaerts who plays third base for the Boston Red Sox, Calvin Gregory Maduro who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1996 to 1997 and Baltimore Orioles from 2000 to 2002. Maduro also played for the Netherlands in the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens.

Eugene Humphrey "Gene" Kingsale is another notable athlete from Aruba. He played for a number of teams like Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, and Detroit Tigers in a 7 year span (1996 – 2003) and also played in the Netherlands national baseball team (World Cup of Baseball, the 2004 Olympics and World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009). Lastly Sidney Alton Ponson, who played for the Baltimore Orioles (1998 – 2003), had one of the fastest fastballs topping at 95 mph.

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