CSA names Junior World Champs & World Cup sprint teams
Durban – Canoeing South Africa has set out it’s stall for its elite
sprinters, naming squads for the 2018 ICF Junior & Under 23 Canoe Sprint
World Championships set to take place in Plovdiv Bulgaria from 26 to 29
July, while a smaller group will take part in two World Cup’s in preparation
for the senior World Championships in September.
The CSA selection committee has picked a team of twelve that will head to
Eastern Europe for the Junior and Under 23 world championships, including
two former A finalists and one medallist from the championships in 2016.
Jean van der Westhuyzen, who won bronze in the Under 18 Boys 1000m two years
ago, will be involved in his final championships in South African colours
while Donna Hutton, who qualified for both the 200m and 500m A Finals in
2016, will be back and looking to make an impact on the Under 23 ranks.
"Plovdiv is known to be the fastest course and produces really quick times.
Looking at this year’s team and its past results there are definitely two
paddlers who will be aiming for positions again in the A finals,” national
sprint chairman Craig Mustard said.
"Donna Hutton and Jean van der Westhuyzen both did really well in 2016 in
Belarus making the A final. Donna came away with two 7th place finishes in
the A finals and Jean came away with a bronze medal in the 1000m A final.”
Despite Van der Westhuyzen and Hutton leading the charge, the team is going
to be made up by a number of under 18 paddlers. Mustard is excited by the
new crop of paddlers that are coming through and is hoping that they can
make the most of their first world championship experience.
"David Rodrigues made it into last year's C finals in u23 K1 200m and
judging by his current form he should be able to improve on last year's
"It's really exciting looking at the juniors in this year’s team because
most of them will be juniors still next year. Paddlers such as Jordy
Malherbe and Jacky van der Westhuyzen both won their races at SA Champs this
year despite being a year younger than their competitors.
"Both paddlers are in fantastic form and will be names to listen out for in
the future. Jordy will be racing the 1000m and 500m and Jacky will be racing
the 500m K1 and 500m K2 event with Keegan Kieser.
The announcement of the team to take on the world’s best in the junior age
categories also coincided with the announcement of the South African sprint
team that will take part in two World Cups.
The first being in Szeged, Hungary and the second in Duisberg, Germany with
the tour taking place from 13 to 21 May.
Jean van der Westhuyzen, who was the strongest paddler across all age groups
when he won the senior Victor Ludorum at the South African sprint
championships, will be part of the squad along with Louis Hattingh and
Hattingh and Coetzee have both had previous experience at World Cups and
World Championships and will be hoping to hone their skills ahead of the
World Championships in September.
Coetzee is the premier 200m K1 paddler in the country having taken home the
national title recently. He also added a second in the 500m behind Van der
Westhuyzen to his 200m gold.
On the ladies front Esti van Tonder and Kayla de Beer are the two ladies
that will be representing South Africa.
Van Tonder is the form paddler at the moment and was the strongest in the
short distance K1 races at the national championships while De Beer is still
finding her feet in the senior age category.
South African Under 23 & Junior World Championships Team:
David Rodrigues, Jean Van der Westhuyzen, Cameron Hudson, Hamish Lovemore,
Donna Hutton, Morgan Ziervogel, Jonathan Edwards, Jordy Malherbe, Jackie van
der Westhuyzen, Keegan Kieser, Caroline Van Der Linda, Kathleen-Anne
Croudance, Manager: Craig Mustard
South African Senior World Cup Team:
Louis Hattingh, Jean van der Westhuyzen, Esti van Tonder, Kayla Jaid de
Beer, Chrisjan Coetzee, Manager: Phillip Van Tonder
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