Canoeing South Africa
18 Nov 2017
Nixon tops success for SA women at Surfski Worlds
Hong Kong - Hayley Nixon became South Africa's newest world champion when
she conquered tough conditions and a very strong field to win the ICF Ocean
Racing World Championships on a day that saw Team SA scoop five medals.
Nixon (Euro Steel/Carbonology Sport) led home a team charge that yielded
four in the top six senior women, a silver in the Under 23 women and two
junior medals, with Sabina Lawrie becoming the new junior world champion.
Nixon, who came to canoeing and surfski racing from a rowing background,
finally realised a lifelong dream of becoming a world champion, after having
won the Surfski World Series title.
“World champion – I think I’m going to cry," she said on the finish line.
"I’ve been waiting to hear that all my life. It just feels like I have
ticked this massive box!”
“I couldn’t be more proud. I’ve finished next to a previous world champion
(in New Zealand's Teneale Hatton), and Michelle Burn, who was almost a world
champion. I couldn’t be prouder, but I’m exhausted.”
Nixon said that the tough flat and windless conditions combined with the
very humid weather had made the race particularly taxing, which played into
“I’m really efficient when it’s long and hard. For me, the harder the
better. That’s where I really get to thrive.”
“I think a lot of these girls come from surf lifesaving and big wave
backgrounds, so they’re really lethal in the runs. That’s where they’re
Amanzimtoti downwind star Michele Burn claimed the silver medal for South
Africa, with London Olympics bronze medallist Bridget Hartley fourth and
Nikki Russell taking sixth place.
In the junior race Sabina Lawrie was all smiles as she climbed to the top
step of the podium after winning the U18 Girls title, ahead of Australian
schoolgirl Georgia Sinclair, with fellow South African Zara Wood claiming
the bronze medal.
"The race was very hectic. There was absolutely no wind so it was a solid
grind from start to finish," said Lawrie.
"It was stressful being behind the first girl until the last two kays, but I
am very stoked to win," she added.
Team SA scooped a fifth medal when Durbanite Kyeta Purchase finished second
in the Under 23 race won by Swede Linnea Stensils.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
1. Hayley Nixon (RSA) 1:55:25
2. Michelle Burn (RSA) 1:55:41
3. Teneale Hatton (NZL) 1:56:16
1. Linnea Stensils (SWE) 2:00:51
2. Kyeta Purchase (RSA) 2:04:17
3. Laury Marie-Sainte (FRA) 2:09:04
1. Sabina Lawrie (RSA) 2:05:25
2. Georgia Sinclair (AUS) 2:06:13
3. Zara Wood (RSA) 2:18:29
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Hayley Nixon led home a five
medal haul for Team SA when she won the senior women's crown a the ICF Ocean
Racing World Championships in Hong Kong on Saturday.
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