Canoeing South Africa Media Release

 No: CSA1802 26 Feb 2018

 Embargo : None

Written by: Nick Tatham

McGregor honoured with induction into WPA Academy

Durban - Ten-time Marathon World Marathon Champion Hank McGregor was recognised as one of the greatest paddlers of his generation when he was officially inducted into the World Paddling Awards Academy on an evening in which he also received the award for Most Outstanding Achievement for 2017 in a glitzy ceremony in Silkeborg, Denmark on Saturday.

The 40 year-old, who is widely acknowledged as the most versatile paddler in the world, was nominated for the Sportsman of the Year award, however lost out to the Slovenian Olympic silver medallist Peter Kauzer, but received strong recognition for this career achievements when he was inducted into the WPA Academy.

"It really means a lot to me to be recognised for my achievments," McGregor said. "Winning an award like Most Outstanding Achievement for 2017 in a sport that has around 15 different disciplines was very satisfying.

"Then to be inducted into the Academy was an incredible feeling and to recognised worldwide for competing at the top level for so many years is hugely rewarding.

"I am really honoured and truly humbled by this award."

McGregor won his ninth and tenth world marathon titles at the 2017 marathon world championships in Pietermaritzburg, an achievement that puts him right near the top of South African sports people with the most world championship achievements.

The versatility of McGregor is evident in the fact that he has 10 flat-water marathon world titles, he has been an ocean racing world champion and recently won the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon with Andy Birkett in a K2.

More information can be found at


Photo Caption Photographer Click to download the hi-res pic
Canoeing South Africa Logo (GIF).  

Decorated paddler Hank McGregor was honoured to receive the World Paddling Award for the best individual performance on 2017 as well as to be inducted into the World Paddle Awards Academy at the event held in Denmark this past weekend. Supplied/
Gameplan Media


Conditions of usage of photographs: All photographs supplied and hyperlinked herewith may be used free of charge, with full credit to the photographer and agency as provided. The photographs may not be modified or retouched in any way, but may be cropped to suit the layout requirements of the publications. The photographs provided may be used exclusively for editorial purposes, and may be reprinted in any newspaper, magazine, television programme or on any website. These photographs may not be used for any commercial or promotional purpose, including but not limited to posters, advertisements, commercials, promotional email correspondence, point-of-sale material or any retail promotion. Should such usage be desired, please contact us at the details below.
Is this of no value to you?
This media release is intended for use by media professionals covering this specific activity or sport. Should this release not be relevant you, please advise us immediately and we will be glad to remove your name from this particular database. It would be useful to us if you could advise us which subjects you would like to continue receiving releases on.
For any further information, or if you cannot access the images, please contact:
Gameplan Media
(031) 764 3017