Canoeing South Africa
31 Oct 2017
Pople elected president of Canoeing South Africa
Durban - The Canoeing South Africa board recently elected Kim Pople to take
over from Christo Horn as the President of the federation, becoming the
second female president of the sportís national governing body.
Pople's administrative pedigree speaks for itself and her selfless approach
to the sport of canoeing has been rewarded when she won the Volunteer of the
Year award at the 2016 South African Sports Awards for her work with
development at the Umzinyathi Canoe Club based at Shongweni Dam just outside
Canoeing in South Africa is one of the shining lights when it comes to
development of paddlers and Pople's efforts have been vital in taking the
sport to the masses.
"I am excited about taking up the position of president and as people know
we do this for the love of the sport," Pople said.
"Development in canoeing is in a strong place at the moment and I want to
get canoeing to everyone in South Africa.
"Being heavily involved in canoeing has meant that being elected president
has been an evolution from where I started.
"As with all people who take on these sorts of positions, I really want to
make a difference," she added.
Secretary General of Canoeing South Africa Colin Simpkins is positive that
Pople, who has the administrative pedigree to do well, will be successful.
"Kim has been the vice president for the past year or so, and has been
extensively involved in the sport over the past few years.
"She currently runs the high performance development program in KZN but he
has just stepped down as chairperson of the Umzinyathi Canoe Club. She was
the chief organiser of the 2016 African Sprint Championships, and fully
deserved her "Volunteer of the Year" award at the SA sports awards last
"Kim was the assistant manager to the SA marathon team this year and is the
"go to" person for anything paddling in the Durban region."
Christo Horn had been at the help of canoeing in South Africa from 2012 and
served his term with distinction and Secretary General of the CSA Colin
Simpkins was full of praise for the out-going president.
"Christo's contribution to the sport has been immeasurable over the years,"
"Not one for theatrics and fanfare, Christo just got on with it, and quietly
got the job done.
"He did not suffer fools, and often did not mix his words either and his
energy and contribution will be sorely missed."
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Having filled the position of
vice president and ladies representative on the Canoeing South Africa
board, Kim Pople has been elected to the position of president of the
national canoeing board following the annual general meeting last week.
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