River Canoe Marathon Media Service
22 Sept 2021
Written by: Dave Macleod
Ward teams up with Hockly for Fish
Cradock – Two-time defending K2 champion Jenna Ward will team up with the
young and exciting Under 18 star Saskia Hockly for the 2021 Fish River
Canoe Marathon from 8-9 October following a whirlwind return from Romania.
The pair will fight it out for the K2 title at the ICF Canoe Marathon World
Championships in Romania under a week before they team up for a crack at
the national K2 river marathon title in Cradock.
The intense travel isn’t foreign to Ward who has done it on a number of
occasions and for the Mount Edgecombe resident the travel is actually a
positive for her and Hockly.
“I don’t see the travel back as an issue because it gives us two to three
full days off the water to rest and recover,” the Euro Steel star said. “In
the past I have flown from Tahiti, jumped straight in a car to get to
Cradock so I’m used to long trips back before we get in the car and drive
down to the Fish.
“Being off the water for three days will give us enough time to recover
fully from the racing in Romania and I see that as a positive.”
The focus for the pair is fully on the World Marathon Championships coming
up next week however they have both given the Fish some thought given the
close proximity of the event to the world’s and the logistical plans.
“Our focus is entirely on marathon worlds given that we haven’t raced
internationally for two years so it is a big thing for us, and we have
raced a lot locally in the last year.
“Fish is SA K2 and one of my favourite races on the calendar so Saskia and
I have thought about it and have jumped in our river boat just to test it
“We drive down the day after we get back from Romania so we’ve had to get
all of our equipment and everything sorted out now so we are ready to go
when we get back,” Ward explained.
The pair has shown that they are a real force having sprinted to the
national marathon title earlier this year, but they have also produced
strong surfski results which also highlights their diversity ahead of a
maiden river marathon.
“Saskia and I teamed up during lockdown last year and so haven’t been able
to test ourselves in all the disciplines and haven’t paddled in a river
race together yet.
“It will only be Saskia’s second Fish after she paddled in a double with
her dad as a young girl, so this will be the first time she’s going to be
racing it competitively.
“We are so comfortable in a boat together and understand one another and
have so much fun in a boat together so it makes it enjoyable.”
Getting back on the Fish River following last year’s cancellation is
something that Ward is really looking forward to.
“I love the Fish probably a little bit more than other races because there
is not as much running!” she laughed.
“I love the big and fast-flowing water! It does throw quite a challenge at
you but I am confident on the river having paddled the race quite a few
“It’s so much fun and it’s going to be the perfect way to end off a long
season of marathon training so I am really looking forward to that.
“Also to be racing with Saskia who has come so far in the last two years
and if we could win the title it would be phenomenal for her at such a
young age and this is just the beginning for her,” an expectant Ward added.
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Multiple Fish River Canoe
Marathon winner Jenna Ward (front) will team up with the young and
exciting Saskia Hockly (back) for this year's Fish from 8-9 October.
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