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McGregor & Hartley crowned Africa’s best

Bridgitte Hartley rounded off a successful weekend's racing at the Canoe Sprint Africa Championships at the Shongweni Dam by claiming the African Canoe Federation’s Women’s Paddler of the Year Award for 2015. Anthony Grote/
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Durban – At a gala dinner in Hillcrest on Sunday evening, South African paddling icons Hank McGregor and Bridgitte Hartley were named African Canoe Federation’s Men’s and Women’s Paddler of the Year for 2015, bringing down the curtain on the 2016 ICF Canoe Sprint African Championships held at Shongweni Dam this past weekend. The three days of racing saw team ...

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Dreyer & Change a Life scoop World Paddle Award

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Pietermaritzburg – Martin Dreyer’s dedication and hard work to the growth of canoeing amongst black paddlers in South Africa, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal’s Valley of a Thousand Hills, via his Computershare Change a Life Academy was internationally recognized on Saturday when he received the ‘Foundation Award’ at the World Paddle Awards for 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The former ‘Dusi Duke’ and ...

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Record holder Bothma opts out of ‘toughest Non-Stop Dusi ever’

Eric Bothma's (back) run of consecutive Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon finishes will end at nineteen after the 49 year-old opted out of the 20th edition of the race set to take place on Friday, 4 March.
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Pietermaritzburg – 49 year-old Pietermaritzburg paddler Eric Bothma will end his awe inspiring record of having completed every Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon due to a recent hip operation and predictions that Friday’s race is likely to be the toughest ever in the 20 year history of gruelling challenge from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. Bothma – the only man to have successfully ...

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Defending champ Mbanjwa battles illness ahead of 2016 Non-Stop Dusi

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Pietermaritzburg – Five time Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon winner and defending champion Thulani Mbanjwa is in a race against time to recover for Friday, 4 March’s ‘Dusi in a Day’ ultra marathon after falling ill during his eighth place 2016 FNB Dusi effort last week. The Build it/Williams Hunt athlete, who charged to victory with Computershare Change a Life Academy ...

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Change a Lifers dominate FNB Dusi standings

Computershare Change a Life Academy members Mmeli Cele (front) and Khumbulani Nzimande (back) put in the setup's performance of the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon as they powered their way to tenth place overall, Nzimande's maiden gold medal. Anthony Grote/
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Pietermaritzburg – The 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon was another milestone event for Martin Dreyer’s Computershare Change a Life Academy as the Valley of a Thousand Hills setup enjoyed representation in no fewer than ten of the top 26 crews, including two gold medals and an age group title. While each of the academy’s talented athletes will be well pleased with ...

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Rain doesn’t deter stellar turn out for second Marine Surfski Series clash

Epic Kayaks' Matt Bouman charges to victory in the Borland Surfski Challenge, race two of the 2016 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

Durban – Despite the rain, Friday evening’s Borland Surfski Challenge presented by Marriott, race two of the 2016 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series, saw Durban serve up another memorable set of ocean conditions for the over 250 enthusiasts who took up the challenge with Matt Bouman claiming his second consecutive race win while Nikki Russell won the women’s race. ...

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Rains arrive to ease pressure on drought struck Drak

After a summer-long drought that has left the Mzimkhulu River running pitifully low, a perfectly placed thunderstorm has filled the river ten days before the popular N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon, rekindling the possibility of the high waters experienced on the race in 2013. Anthony Grote/
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Underberg – A perfectly placed Drakensberg downpour has dramatically eased the pressure on the organisers of the N3TC Drak Challenge on 23 and 24 January after months of dismally low water levels in the uMzimkhulu due to the ravages of the El Niño fuelled drought that is gripping the country. With ten days to go to the 2016 race, the ...

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Hank McGregor sets his sights on a fourth Drak title

Hank McGregor (Jeep Team/Euro Steel) will be hoping to celebrate his 38th birthday by winning the N3TC Drak Challenge when it ends on Sunday 24 January 2016. Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

Underberg – Six times world marathon champion Hank McGregor has lined up a shot at a fourth title at the N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon on 23 and 24 January, hoping to overturn a two year run of misfortune on the popular two-day race through the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg. “I am full go for the N3TC Drak Challenge,” ...

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N3TC Drak organisers reassure paddlers, saying #RainMustFall

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Underberg- Following the decision to postpone the FastDrak canoe race on the weekend due to the unusually low water levels in the Mzimkulu River, the organisers of the N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon on 23 and 24 January have reassured paddlers that they have contingency plans in place to safeguard the hugely popular two day canoeing race. The El Nino-driven ...

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