Local canoeists Peter O’Connor and Alex Roberts recently competed in the challenging Lowveld Crocodile River race in Mpumalanga.
Organized by the Lowveld Canoe Club and known to be very tough and challenging, the race was 33km long, starting at Kwena Dam and ending at Old Joe’s Kaia.
O’Connor, who was one of the oldest competitors on the day, finished the race in 3:09:00. He also recently returned from the International Canoe Federation Marathon World Championships held in Portugal.
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“With many much younger competitors chasing him down the river and although he suffered from polio as a child where one of his legs was badly affected, he [O’ Connor] has never let that difficulty stop her from taking on challenges,” said Gauteng Canoe Union Media Liaison Jennie Dallas.
Roberts finished the race in a time of 2:08:00, taking eighth place overall and second place in the veteran age class.
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