2022 Fish River Canoe Marathon Media Service  No: Fish2207

 03 Oct 2022

 Embargo: None 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 Capes Greg Louw returns to his home town of Cradock to take on the 2022 edition of the race from 7-8 October.

Its 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 years race he isnt putting pressure on himself to produce a top result.

I tried to get fitter for this years race but Ive been sick for the last month to six weeks, Louw said.

Its meant that I wont be as strong as I want to be this weekend but Ill 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 Ill 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 Louws life and its 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 weekend.

The Fish has always been an important date on my calendar and its a race that is very much a part of me from the days when my dad used to organise the race.

In the last 22 years Ive missed just two races so I really enjoy getting back there each year.

Louw is looking forward to this weekends showdown although he might not be in the best form. He is looking forward to be an exciting race and an entertaining weekend.

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 stars.

"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 itself.

Its 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. Im going to have use every little bit of experience and local knowledge, but Im ready for that.

More information can be found at www.fishmarathon.org.za.


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With two 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. Supplied/
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