Epworth girls shine on the River Duzi

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On the U18 podium at the Dusi Awards (left to right) Melonie Croeser and Amy Hulett (2nd), Jenna Goddard and Jessica Behn (1st), Sarah Jones and Rachel van Deventer (3rd).

Epworth was a force to be reckoned with in this year’s Dusi Canoe Marathon which finished at Blue Lagoon on Saturday.

Current and past students dominated the top podium places with Epworth students Jessica Behn and Amy Hulett and their respective partners taking the top two U18 spots and Epworth’s Sarah Jones and Rachel van Deventer in third.

In the U23 category, first, second and third place all went to current and former Epworth students: Cara Waud and Tracey Oellermann, Jade Dundas-Starr and Tabitha Hulett and Daniela and Katja Vonkeman.

The big winners in the women’s race, Abby Solms and Bianca Haw are also alumni of Epworth. Twelve of the 20 paddlers who placed in the top 10 of the women’s K2 event all honed their paddling skills at Epworth.

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Current pupil Rebecca Cook and her partner won the mixed U23 category, while former Epworth Preparatory School pupil Murray Starr and her partner came top in the senior mixed event.

Thirteen current Epworth students took on the grueling challenge and all passed the three-day event.

• Vicky Crookes is Head of Marketing at Epworth School.

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