Helen Jansen van Vuuren, a student at Germiston High School, is making her mark in the canoe community.
Her determination to participate in all aspects of paddling shows no bounds.
She recently competed in the International Canoe Federation Sprint event – 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint Junior & U23 World Championships in September, in Montemor-O-Velho Portugal, followed by her participation in the Olympic Hopes Regatta, which took place in Racice, Czech Republic. , also in September where she ran sprints in calm water as well as marathons.
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His most recent participation was in the A Grade White Water – Fish River Canoe Marathon, which took place October 8-9 from Grassmere Dam to Cradock, a 82km distance filled with exciting whitewater and train challenges. waves, and huge, intimidating peaks. swim the rapids at risk, on both days.
Helen has enjoyed competing in the Gauteng Canoe Union School League canoe races over the past few years and has had some exposure to local rivers and rapids and has achieved the proficiency certification required to compete in the Fish River Canoe Marathon. rated A – and was able to arrange a suitable and experienced adult partnership with Coach Richard Cele, ”said Jennie Dallas, RP Gauteng Canoe Union and Media Liaison.
The two managed to pull one of the more difficult rapids at risk of swimming at Cradock Weir, 5 km from the finish line with success – finishing 13th in mixed doubles (mixed doubles boat men / women), in 6 hours 7 minutes.
There are a few mandatory portages on the river where the dams / danger force paddlers to get their boats out and drag them to the banks to run with them and put them back in the water later. The Fish River Marathon is an AR rated river, which requires some qualification / grading and experience to participate in the event, and offers a lot of fun for those who enjoy white water and fast flowing rapids.
“A short course is also available for less experienced paddlers, which avoids rapids and more difficult sections, which require a high paddling ability.
“The race has become one of the best-supported river paddling events since its inception in 1982, as the concept developed from the 1970s when the Orange River Project began pumping water from irrigation to the east coast, bringing lots of milo-colored muddy water to fish, small fish and Sunday river valleys, ”Dallas said.
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