North Durban paddlers shine in successful year for Canoeing South Africa


As the Covid-19 pandemic continued to beat the international canoeing calendar, Canoeing South Africa recently reflected on the abnormal world calendar year with satisfaction, having crowned five new world champions and successfully fielding athletes in from nine different world championships.

Some of these champions included residents, Michelle Burn (Glen Anil), sisters, Saskia and Valma Jean Hockly (Mount Moreland) and Jenna Nisbet (Mount Edgecombe).

Michelle Burn won the women’s surfski world title at the ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Lanzarote on Sunday afternoon. PHOTO: Anthony Grote (Gameplan Media)

The South African team that attended the ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Lanzarote were the best in the country this year with an all-time high with six surfski championship medals.

Nick Notten won the senior men’s race, Michelle Burn won the senior women’s race, Uli Hart was crowned U23 men’s champion while Jade Wilson won the U23 women’s title and Saskia Hockly and her younger sister Valmajean took gold respectively and bronze in the junior women’s race.

Sisters Saskia Hockly (right) and Valma Jean Hockly triumphed at the ICF Ocean Racing World Championships. Saskia was crowned junior world champion, while Valma Jean took bronze. Claire DeWaste from France finished second.

The South African team also had a strong performance at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships with four bronze medals to show for their efforts, further improving China’s disappointments in 2019.

Saskia Hockly won bronze in the Junior Women’s K1 race at her inaugural World Marathon Championships, Uli Hart finished third in the U23 men while Christie Mackenzie took home the bronze in the U23 women. Jenna Nisbet and Saskia Hockly won bronze in the senior women’s K2 race.

South Africans Jenna Nisbet (right) and Saskia Hockly (left) are set to win bronze in the senior women’s K2 race at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Pitesti, Romania, Sunday. PHOTO: Balint Vekassy

Reflecting on the results for 2021, Canoeing South Africa President Kim Pople was pleased with how the year has unfolded despite the obvious challenges.

“An incredible amount of hard work has gone behind the scenes to make the teams travel, and our sincere thanks and gratitude to Team Leaders Janet Simpkins, Jodie Dreyer, Brandon van der Walt and Colin Simpkins for their hours of dedication to making it happen. to arrive at. . As we look forward to 2022, planning has already started, as we are not naive to think that Covid will not continue to disrupt planning and travel. “

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