Canoeing South Africa
10 Apr 2017
Written by: Nick Tatham
Strong performances at SA Sprint Champs
Shongweni Ė The 2017 South African Sprint Canoe Championships came to a
conclusion on Sunday with a number of the countryís best sprint paddlers
rising to the surface with Donna Hutton and Louis Hattingh claiming the
overall womenís and menís paddlers prizes respectively.
While some of the events attracted relatively small entries, the quality of
the various age categories was high and the racing went right down to the
wire with a number of the category prizes decided right at the end.
The event boasted the likes of Bridgitte Hartley, Chrisjan Coetzee, Stuart
Maclaren, Esti van Tonder and Melanie van Niekerk, all paddlers that have
represented South Africa in various disciplines.
The performance of the competition came from Donna Hutton. The young star
who competed in two A Finals at the 2016 Junior and Under 23 Sprint World
Championships showed her dominance as she finished with two wins, a second
and a third in the K1 events.
Huttonís impressive efforts were highlighted by the fact that she did not
compete in any K2 events, yet she still finished with the highest number of
points in the ladies competition.
The performance from Esti van Tonder should not go unnoticed as she powered
her way to victories in the crucial Olympic disciplines of the 200m K1 and
the 500m K1 events. Van Tonder's performances stand her in good stead ahead
of the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Czech Republic later in
The menís victor ludorum was keenly contested with two paddlers in the mix
going right up to the end of the competition; however it was the experienced
Louis Hattingh who was too strong as he claimed the overall spoils ahead of
Stuart Maclaren by two and a half points.
Maclaren was in top form in the K2 events where he came out on top in all
four of the events, the 5000m, 1000m, 500m and 200m. Maclaren had three
different partners for the four races, partnering Chrisjan Coetzee twice to
win the 500m and 200m K2 events.
There was a dog fight for the Under 18 girls with Caitlin and Christie
Mackenzie battling it out for the junior girlís honours. Eventually it was
Caitlin who pipped Christie to the line by four points despite the latterís
absence from the K2 events.
Alex Masina powered his way to the Under 18 Boys title ahead of Callum Davis
and Hamish Lovemore. Masina racked up 92.5 points as opposed to 50 from
Davis and 49.5 from Lovemore.
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SUMMARY OF RESULTS - SOUTH AFRICAN SPRINT CANOE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
1.Louis Hattingh (U23) 74
2.Stu Maclaren 72.5
3.Chrisjan Coetzee 44.5
4.Jarryd Gibson (U23) 44
5.Stuart Bristow (U23) 42
6.Sean Rice 34
7.Nick Weeks 25
8.Brandon Orpwood (U23) 24
9.David Rodrigues (U23) 23
10.Cameron Hudson (U23) 20
1.Donna Hutton (U23) 48
2.Kyeta Purchase (U23) 34.5
3.Melanie van Niekerk 32
4.Esti van Tonder 30
5.Melissa van Rooyen 22.5
Under 23 Men
1.Louis Hattingh 77
2.Stuart Bristow 48
3.Jarryd Gibson 48
4.Msawenkosi Mtolo 32
5.Brandon Orpwood 31
Under 23 Women
1.Donna Hutton 26
2.Kyeta Purchase 17.5
3.Kayla de Beer 8
Under 18 Boys
1.Alex Masina 92.5
2.Wobbly Davis 50
3.Hamish Lovemore 49.5
Under 18 Girls
1.Caitlin Mackenzie 48
2.Christie Mackenzie 44
3.Katie Croudace 32
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Sprint canoeing star Louis
Hattingh lead the show at the recent South African Sprint Canoeing
Championships at Shongweni Dam when he finished as the senior Victor
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