Canoeing South Africa
06 Apr 2017
Written by: Nick Tatham
Exciting SA Sprint Championships coming up
Durban – The cream of South African sprint canoeing fraternity will converge
on the picturesque Shongweni Dam this weekend for a vitally important
installment of the South African Canoe Sprint Championships from 7-9 April,
as athletes with Olympic dreams aim to stake their claim in the national
The event is the pinnacle of sprint canoeing in South Africa with a number
of the competitors hoping to impress and prove their worth as positions on
the national team selected for the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in
Račice, Czech Republic are up for grabs.
“We have had a new generation coming to the front over the last few years
and with paddlers such as Esti van Tonder, Louis Hattingh ,Donna Hutton and
Jean van der Westhuyzen who have been making regular u23 A finals,” said
chairman of the SA Sprints committee Craig Mustard.
“So as we start our new Olympic cycle towards Tokyo 2020 we will start to
hear of these athletes a lot more as they are reaching the average Olympic
paddling age, as in the past they have been too young.”
With the start of the next Olympic cycle, the focus shifts to the new
generation of paddlers with a number of young paddlers shining on the world
stage at the 2016 Junior and U23 World Championships. Mustard believes that
this should lead to a stronger and larger South African squad at the Tokyo
Olympics in three years’ time.
“We are aiming to have at slightly bigger team than in the past with the
focus to have a number of team boats racing at the World Champs.
“Starting team-boat racing now in 2017 will hopefully mean come 2019 we will
have a much stronger chance of qualifying more paddlers for Tokyo 2020,” he
The national championships will be missing a number of the young stars, who
would have elected to focus purely on the National School’s championships
later in the month, however Mustard believes that the quality of paddling
will still be high.
“The senior field will be really competitive with all the main provinces
being represented by their big names.
“Unfortunately we have seen a smaller junior field than in the past, this
can be associated with SA Schools Sprint Champs being at the end of the
month in the Western Cape so paddlers have had to choose their championships
to limit traveling.
“Our junior numbers will also take a hit as the World Marathon Championships
are in Pietermaritzburg later in the year.
“We have seen a few juniors and u23 paddlers focusing solely on this event
due to the event being staged in South Africa,” Mustard highlighted.
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Former junior sprint star
Donna Hutton will move up into the senior ranks at the upcoming South
African Canoe Sprint Championships at Shongweni Dam from 7-9 April.
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