River Canoe Marathon Media Service
03 Oct 2022
Written by: Nick Tatham
Louw keen for his 21st Fish celebration
Cradock – With 20 Fish River Canoe Marathon medals to his name and a
handful of K2 victories, Eastern Cape’s Greg Louw returns to his home town
of Cradock to take on the 2022 edition of the race from 7-8 October.
It’s been a tricky build up to the 2022 race for the Port Elizabeth
resident who has had to deal with illness which has set him back. Going
into this year’s race he isn’t putting pressure on himself to produce a top
“I tried to get fitter for this year’s race but I’ve been sick for the last
month to six weeks,” Louw said.
“It’s meant that I won’t be as strong as I want to be this weekend but I’ll
give it a good go and I think a top ten will be a good result.
“There are a lot of youngsters coming through and they are really strong so
I’ll just see if I can hang onto their wave,” the relaxed Louw added.
Having grown up on the banks of the Fish River, the race is a big part of
Louw’s life and it’s an opportunity for him to get back to his roots and
reconnect with the people close to him.
“I love getting back to Cradock and seeing old friends and family for a
“The Fish has always been an important date on my calendar and it’s a race
that is very much a part of me from the days when my dad used to organise
“In the last 22 years I’ve missed just two races so I really enjoy getting
back there each year.”
Louw is looking forward to this weekend’s showdown although he might not be
in the best form. He is looking forward to be an exciting race and an
“I think the race is going back to its roots this year and I know that with
the loss of the top paddlers that have been at the Marathon World
Championships and the Surfski World Championships it will be missing some
"Having such big international events around the race has hurt it a bit but
it will still be very competitive.
“After some tough years with the Covid-19 pandemic I think the Fish will be
back but this year will be a good chance for the race to re-energise
“It’s always an awesome weekend and I am really looking forward to it
again,” he mentioned.
Despite not being at the top of his game going into the race, you cannot
count out Louw over the two days of racing.
“I think those youngsters are going to give me a hard time this weekend!”
he laughed. “I’m going to have use every little bit of experience and local
knowledge, but I’m ready for that.”
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winners medals with Andy Brikett (back) in a K2, born and bred Cradock
local Greg Louw (front) will return to the Fish River Canoe Marathon this
weekend with subdued expectations for this year's K1 edition after a
prolonged period of illness sidelined his preparation.
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