Canoeing

Women’s talent storm hits FNB Durban Downwind

Fenn Kayaks' Michelle Burn will make a welcome return to the surfski racing scene on Sunday when she joins the rest of the richly talented women's field for the 2016 FNB Durban Downwind, a World Surfski Series title event. Anthony Grote/
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Durban – Defending champion Michelle Burn is excited to see how the 2016 FNB Durban Downwind women’s race unfolds this weekend as KwaZulu-Natal’s renowned quintet of female paddling talent go head to head for the World Surfski Series title race’s women’s title. After organisers confirmed on Thursday morning that the event will take place from 13h00 on Sunday, 26 June, ...

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FNB Durban Downwind

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Through the support of FNB, the 2016 Durban Downwind will take place next weekend with many top names expected to gather for the World Surfski Series title event in Durban. With organisers utilising a two day window period in order to allow for the event to take place in the best available conditions, paddlers can expect a memorable downwind paddling ...

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McGregor masters the wind to claim SA title

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Cape Town – Hank McGregor mastered the treacherous windy conditions at Zandvlei to win the Prescient SA Marathon Championships on Saturday, setting him up for a bid at winning another world title in Germany in September. McGregor outsprinted his Euro Steel team mate Andy Birkett to claim the title and reverse the outcome of last year’s title race, both paddlers ...

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Birkett and Hattingh win thrilling K2 duel at SA Marathon Champs

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Cape Town – Andy Birkett and Louis Hattingh won a thrilling senior men’s K2 race to bring down the curtain at the Prescient SA Marathon Championships at Zandvlei near Muizenberg on Sunday, while Olympic medallist Bridgitte Hartley and teammate Abby Solms took the women’s title in an equally thrilling race. Birkett and Hattingh were locked in a tense four boat ...

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Mocké banks on experience at SA Marathon Champs

Jasper Mocké (Euro Steel/Mocké Paddling) will be hoping to use experience gleaned from his victory in the recent ADT Marina Marathon at Zandlvei should the winds play a dominant part in the 2016 South African Marathon Championships presented by Prescient. John Hishin/
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Cape Town – Former K2 world champion Jasper Mocké is eyeing the windy weather forecast for the first day of the SA Marathon Championships presented by Prescient, hoping that his experience on the exposed Zandvlei course will offset the jetlag he is battling after jetting home from Hawaii on Wednesday for the event. Mocké, who won the 2014 ICF K2 ...

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Worlds selection pressure on at SA Marathon Champs

Current Marathon World Champion, Hank McGregor (Euro Steel/Kayak Centre) hopes to secure a top two finish at the 2016 South African Marathon Championships sponsored by Prescient at Zandvlei, Cape Town this Saturday in a bid to qualify for this year's World Champs and a shot at defending his global crown. Balint Vekassy/
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Cape Town – Strict selection criteria and only two spots available per age group on Team South Africa for the 2016 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany in September sees this weekend’s South African Marathon Championships sponsored by Prescient at Zandvlei in Cape Town carry heightened importance for those with global aspirations. While the battle for the year’s ...

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Paarl’s paddling Pietersen pursues Berg personal best

Paarl Canoe Development Programme assistant coach and regular Berg River Canoe Marathon competitor, Jermaine Pietersen is eager to sees his ninth attempt at the race earn him a maiden top ten finish when he tackles the four day event from Paarl to Velddrif from 13-16 July. Kassie Karsten/
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Paarl – Jermaine Pietersen is aiming to achieve a maiden top ten finish at this year’s Berg River Canoe Marathon when he tackles the four day challenge from Paarl to Velddrif from 13 to 16 July, the pinnacle event of his annual canoeing calendar. “I’ve been training for this year’s Berg since October last year because 240 kilometres is a ...

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Positive Hartley looking for World Cup improvement

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Durban – The recent ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg, Germany was a disappointing one for London Olympic bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley who managed a consolation K1 Women’s 500m C-final victory and is now looking forward to setting the record straight at the World Cup second leg in the Czech Republic this weekend. As Hartley continues her preparations for ...

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Birkett steals the headlines at KZN Marathon Champs field

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Pietermaritzburg – Andy Birkett bagged the elusive double gold at the KwaZulu-Natal Marathon Canoeing Champs at Camps Drift on the weekend, pleased that the success heralded the end of a frustrating month leading up to the event. With the SA Champs just three weeks away Birkett stamped his authority on the event by winning the K1 gold on Saturday in ...

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Doubles dice concludes 2016 Bay Union Surfski Series

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Durban – Hank McGregor and Lee Furby clinched the win at the Bay Union Doubles Race at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club on Sunday, bringing down the curtain on the 2016 Bay Union Surfski Series while Kyeta Purchase and Tamryn McKie as well as Jenna Ward and Luke Nisbet won the women’s and mixed race crowns. After the series’ fourth leg ...

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