Canoeing South Africa
05 Apr 2018
SA Sprint Champs lives up to expectations
Roodeplaat Dam - The 2018 South African Canoe Sprint Championships came to a
close this week with a number of paddlers producing some exciting times as
they gear up for a busy winter overseas with eyes on the World Championships
in Portugal in August.
The sharp end of the men's and ladies fields were tightly contested with a
number of paddlers proving that the discipline might be in revival mode with
an eye on the Olympics in Paris in 2024.
One paddler that performed strongly over the three days of competition was
the young Jean van der Westhuyzen who has quailifed to repsrent South Africa
at both the Junior and Under 23 World Championships as well as the senior
"I paddled in the 500m, 1000m and 5000m and I will be paddling in these
races at the World Champs," Van der Westhuyzen said after he was awarded the
Victor Ludorum at the national championships.
"Now I have to focus on the World Cups and the World Champs later in the
It's going to be a busy period for the youngster who went into South African
sprint history when he won bronze in the Under 18 Boys 1000m at the 2017
Junior World Championships.
For Van der Westhuyzen, this could be a bitter-sweet moment as he might be
swopping the South African green and gold for Australian green and gold in
the near future.
"This might be the last time that I have a crack in South African colours,"
he mentioned. "I have got a few world cups to get myself prepared and
aclimatised to the racing conditions then it's off to Worlds.
"I am hoping that I can put into practice everything that I learn at the
World Cups when I go to the World Championships."
Van der Westhuyzen beat Louis Hatting and Jarryd Gibson to the Victor
Ludorum prize as he won all three of his K1 races and finished fourth in the
1000m K2 race with Emile Theunissen.
The ladies final standings provided an interesting set of results as sprint
queen Bridgitte Hartley finished the championships with the highest amount
of points despite only winning one K1 race, taking home the Victrix Ludorum.
Our Olympic bronze medallist finished third in the K1 500m and the K1 200m
races but won the 5000m and won the 500m K2 race with Donna Hutton.
Esti van Tonder won the women's 500m K1 race ahead of Donna Hutton and
Hartley, while Van Tonder also finished first in the 200m K1 race ahead of
Hutton and Hartley again.
Young Donna Hutton still managed to finish behind Hartley in second while
Melanie van Niekerk took the bronze medal overall in the senior ladies
Louis Hattingh was the strongest Under 23 paddler ahead of young Alex Masina
in second and Van der Westhuyzen in third.
There were no surprises when Donna Hutton won the Under 23 ladies ahead of
Morgan Ziervogel in second and Kayla de Beer in third.
In the junior sections it was Jordy Malherbe who was the strongest under 18
boy, with Jonathan Jooste finishing in second and Joshua Giddings in third.
In the Junior Girls category Keegan Keiser took home the gold ahead of
Jackie van der Westhuyzen in second and Caitlin Mackenzie in third.
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Young sprint star Jean van der
Westhuyzen stole the show at the recent South African Canoe Sprint
Championships where he finished as the senior Victor Ludorum at
Roodeplaat Dam recently.
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