Canoeists prepare to face school river championships


Gauteng’s junior canoeists are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to compete in the 20km Tugela River Race between Bergville and Winterton on Saturday August 13-14 which will be hosted by KwaZulu-Natal based Michaelhouse School.

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The race will be the official event of the KZN K1 River Championships school league and juniors from all parts of South Africa who enjoy river paddling will participate.

Macdonald Nkosi films Pelindaba Weir 2. Photo: Supplied.

All paddlers must have the opportunity to be river trained and learn the basics of river safety, and be certified competent and competent to be allowed to participate in a river race.

Juniors from Ridge Primary School in Sandton as well as Parktown Girls Secondary School in Rosebank had the opportunity to be escorted by Gauteng security guards and experienced paddlers to gain experience and understanding of the rivers and receive their certification of river proficiency in order to enjoy racing the river championships.

Muhammed Zayaan Cassoojee and Craig Smith bring down the Pelindaba Dam. Photo: supplied.

The Florida Lake Canoe Club provided young new learners with the opportunity to gain experience, knowledge, learn river safety, and be certified proficient.

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A few security guards, river coaches and experienced paddlers accompany the group to escort them, and team up with them in double boats to control the situation if needed, from the back of the boat.

“The skill trip took place on the Highveld Crocodile River near the NECSA site of Pelindaba, which empties into the Hartbeespoort Dam, with beautiful scenery and glorious sunshine. The young paddlers and their adult escorts had a fabulous time on the river,” said Gauteng Canoe Union PR Jennie Dallas, Media Liaison and Safety Officer.


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