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SA marathon paddlers itching to star racing in Romania

Hank McGregor is keen to prove he remains a threat to a possible twelfth world title at the age of 43. Balint Vekassy/Gameplan Media Pitești, Romania – The South African marathon paddling team has settled into its base in the central Romanian city of Pitești, eager to contest for titles at the ICF World Marathon Championships on the Argeș River ...

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Louw K3 ready to master the Fish

Former Fish River Canoe Marathon champion and Cradock local Greg Louw (front) will team up with his wife Cathy (middle) and brother Ryan (back) in a K3 for this year’s race from 8-9 October. Supplied/Gameplan Media Cradock – After years of challenging for the Fish River Canoe Marathon title, the Louw brothers of Greg and Ryan have decided for the ...

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Birkett and Notten stamp their authority on Breede Marathon

The start of the Breede River Canoe Marathon outside Robertson on Saturday. John Hishin/Gameplan Media Bonnievale – Pre-race favourites Andy Birkett and Nicky Notten took full control of the 2021 Breede River Canoe Marathon by racing away to win the 38 kilometre opening stage from Robertson to Bonnievale on a fast flowing river on Saturday. In their first outing together ...

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Birkett and Notten bag Breede title on first river race together

Andy Birkett (front) and Nicky Notten race into the finish of the second stage to win the Breede River Canoe Marathon on Sunday. John Hishin/Gameplan Media Swellendam – Andy Birkett and Nicky Notten wrapped up victory at the 2021 Breede River Canoe Marathon on the final stage that saw the leaderboard shaped by drama at the compulsory portage halfway through ...

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Maties assault on Breede women’s K2 title

Maties students Shannon Parker-Dennison (left) and Tracey Oellerman will make their debut at the Breede River Canoe Marathon on 4 and 5 September 2021. Supplied/Gameplan Media Robertson – As entries start to pour in for this weekend’s Breede River Canoe Marathon on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September, the strong entry from Stellenbosch students includes the reunited K2 crew of ...

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National paddlers geared up for busy six weeks

After so many months without international competition for many of South Africa’s top paddlers, a five week period that includes five international championship events has been welcomed with open arms throughout the community. John Hishen/Gameplan Media Durban – As the world continues to reopen following the easing of Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, South Africa’s paddlers across a number of disciplines are ...

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No rest for McGregor with Dolphin Coast this weekend

Multiple Petrefuel Dolphin Coast Challenge winner Hank McGregor will have little time to recover from his recent Be3rg River Canoe Marathon when he races the two-day ocean race from 14-15 August. Durban – After coming second at the gruelling Berg River Canoe Marathon this past weekend, there is no time to rest for multiple Petrefuel Dolphin Coast Challenge winner Hank ...

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East London junior lifesaver Luke Swinney hailed a Berg hero

East London junior lifesaver Luke Swinney was part of a group of participants in the Berg River Canoe Marathon that saved the life of Siseko Ntondini on Sunday. Supplied/ Gameplan Media Velddrif – East London teenager Luke Swinney emerged as one of the heroes of the 2021 Berg River canoe marathon when he helped save the life of a fellow ...

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Drama-laced Berg belongs to the Birketts

Husband-and-wife paddling stars Andy and Nikki Birkett are the first married couple to win the Berg River Canoe Marathon. Velddrif – Andy Birkett prevailed to win the 60th edition of the Berg River canoe marathon while his wife Nikki Birkett won the women’s race but in sharply contrasting fashion. Andy Birkett grabbed a two minute lead on the second stage ...

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Heavy rains bode well for rescheduled Berg Marathon

Paul Marais battles with the full river during the 2019 Berg River Canoe Marathon. A series of cold fronts sweeping through the region has assured paddlers of a full river for the 2021 edition of the Berg River Canoe Marathon from 5 to 8 August. John Hishin/Gameplan Media Paarl – As the Western Cape feels the brunt of a trio ...

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