Warehouse Push And Pull Paddle Media Release
30 July 2019
: Dave Macleod
Push And Pull Paddle honours women on Women's Day
Paarl - With a big field assembled for the inaugural Bamboo
Warehouse Push And Push Paddle on the Berg River from 9 to 11
August, the organisers have afforded special privileges to all
the female paddlers on the first day of the race that coincides
with national women’s day.
The three-day event starts with a 16 kilometre stage from Val De
Vie Estate into Paarl and the first batch onto the water will
consist of all the female paddlers.
“It will be a great moment for women’s paddling when the first
Push And Pull paddlers to come under the bridge at Val De Vie
will be the women, on Women’s Day,” said race organiser Alan
“We recognise that women are a vital part of our sport and we
jumped at the chance to give them the first batch on Women’s
Day,” he added.
The batch will include a number of the country’s top elite
marathoners and will also include women’s racing in a wide
variety of age group classes as well.
Dusi podium finisher Bianca Haw will be on the start-line and is
excited about the event and the plans to put the spotlight on
the women on the first stage.
“We don’t often get a chance to pay tribute to the role that
women play in canoeing and the plans to honour women on Women’s
Day are exciting,” she said.
“I am so looking forward to this event. The organisers have
worked so hard to give every paddler a unique and memorable
experience,” she added.
“They have gone out and secured equal prize money for men and
women, which is cool,” said the Underberg-based athlete, who
will be travelling to the Western Cape for the event with her
boyfriend and top paddler Andrew Houston.
“If you are a woman and can paddle a boat, come and join in and
support women in sport by getting in a late entry,” she added.
Kim van Gysen will be in that women’s batch too, starting ahead
of her husband Simon van Gysen, fresh from his second place
finish in the recent Berg River Canoe Marathon, and says the
event is recognising the female athletes on Women’s Day in
“It is awesome, and the girls - all the girls not just the elite
girls - will feel very special,” she said. “There is a big field
of women entered - way, way more than we ever see at races in
the Western Cape.”
“Equally importantly women are being recognised as athletes and
as mothers. The event has laid on child carers and is going out
of their way to accommodate families at the overnight villages,”
“People don’t realise that even seconding with kids is
exhausting. I would have loved an hour after a race to hand my
kids over to a child carer and just chat with my husband.
“That’s just another example of why we are so looking forward to
this event, even though we are leaving our kids with the
grandparents for the weekend. This really is the way that
paddling events should be going,” she said.
Van Gysen says she might be low on training but promises to be
as competitive as ever.
“I will give it a proper go, even though my training is way
behind the other girls. It will be fun to be starting ahead of
my husband though!” she chuckled.
“It is an awesome opportunity to put the spotlight on women’s
canoeing,” said current surfski world champion Hayley Nixon.
“Getting to start in the first batch in an inaugural edition of
the race, to be the first paddlers at the hotspot and even
taking the line honours on Women’s Day will be a great showcase
of women’s paddling.
“It comes at a time when the depth and strength of our women’s
paddling is particularly encouraging, and while they won’t all
be there on Women’s Day, it will still be a great tribute to our
female paddlers. I really wish I could be there but sadly I have
a pretty full plate at the moment,” she said.
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“There is a big
field of women entered for the Bamboo Warehouse Push And Pull
Paddle- way, way more than we ever see at races in the Western
Cape,” pointed out Kim Van Gysen.
Bianca Beavitt, seen here with Graeme Solomon
at the end of this year's Berg River Canoe Marathon, will be
part of the big women's field at the Bamboo Warehouse Push And
“We don’t often get a
chance to pay tribute to the role that women play in canoeing
and the plans to honour women on Women’s Day are exciting,” says
Dusi podium finisher Bianca Haw of the Bamboo Warehouse Push And
Pull Paddle from 9 to 11 August.
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