Tag Archives: SA Canoeing

Golden smiles continue for SA Masters on Day Two

Győr – Team South Africa’s Veteran and Masters paddlers added a further ten medals to the team tally on the final day of the 2015 ICF Masters Marathon World Championships in the Hungarian town of Győr boosting the age group paddlers total to eighteen medals over the K1 and K2 races, and easily bettering the twelve medals earned at last ...

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Emerging stars savour alpha male Fish fronting

Cradock – Cape Town based duo Stuart Maclaren and Brandon van der Walt are fired-up to go toe-to-toe with the country’s top K2 crews at this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock from 9-10 October having risen rapidly through the South African canoeing ranks in recent years. 2013 saw Maclaren and Van der Walt surge to a memorable ...

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Stand up Paddleboarders set to make Fish history

Cradock – A handful of pioneering Stand Up Paddleboarders are planning to make history by taking on the legendary two-day 82km Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon from Grassridge Dam to Sports Ground in Cradock on 9 and 10 October. Spearheaded by Dean Bottcher, who is part of the group that first paddled the Dusi and Drak Challenge marathons on Stand ...

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McGregor & Beavitt dominate opening Berg encounter

Bridgetown – Hank McGregor got his challenge for a record tenth Berg River Canoe Marathon title off to the perfect start on Wednesday when he raced to a sizeable victory in the four day race’s altered first stage from Hermon to Bridgetown while Cape Town’s Bianca Beavitt dominated the women’s opening clash. For only the second time in the races ...

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Hank McGregor sneaks in entry for Berg 2015

Paarl – One of the last normal entries to land in the Berg River Canoe marathon race officials email inbox was that of nine time winner and the current flatwater water marathon K1 and K2 world champion Hank McGregor, ending months of speculation about whether he would be back to challenge for another Berg title next week. McGregor, who has ...

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CHOC paddlers set out to honour Georges Willis

Paarl – When the big field of paddlers leaves Paarl at the start of the 2015 Berg River Canoe Marathon on 15 July, a group of five wearing cow-coloured kit will set out to honour the legacy of gutsy cancer sufferer Georges Willis and his courageous final Berg effort in 2011. Willis was diagnosed with advanced bladder cancer in late ...

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Idyllic Scottburgh conditions kick start FNB Durban Downwind Surfski Series

Scottburgh – KwaZulu-Natal’s paddlers got the 2015 FNB Durban Downwind Surfski Series underway on Sunday with the Halfway Toyota Scottburgh Classic which saw Matt Bouman and Michelle Burn clinch the men’s and women’s titles respectively while the rest of the field soaked up the day’s spectacular conditions.  Postcard-perfect turquoise water, bright sunshine and warm temperatures created the idyllic setting in ...

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Birkett and Hartley wrap up SAK1 double

Pietermaritzburg – Andy Birkett grabbed his first senior SA K1 Marathon title in a thrilling three boat showdown with World Champions Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocké, while his girlfriend and Olympic medallist Brigitte Hartley mirrored his achievement by winning the women’s title convincingly. Birkett delivered a deadly end sprint that saw him come off the wave of McGregor and cross ...

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McGregor scoops Athlete of the Year Award at World Paddle Awards

Pietermaritzburg – While the canoeing community celebrates Hank McGregor winning the Athlete of the Year at the inaugural World Paddle Awards in Germany on the weekend, canoeing officials are hoping that this will be the start of a golden period for South African paddling with the eyes of paddling world shifting to South Africa with the Marathon World Championships coming ...

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The Highveld set for SA Sprint Champs

Johannesburg – At the start of a crucial Olympic qualifying cycle the South African sprint canoeing championships at Roodeplaat Dam over the Easter weekend from 3-5 April have pivotal importance to the best racers in the country, compounded by the inclusion of a team of elite sprinters from Singapore. With a stellar entry list that includes 2012 Olympic bronze medallist ...

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