2023 Fish River Canoe Marathon Media Service  No: Fish2306

27 Sept 2023

 Embargo: None Written by: Nick Tatham

Birkett and Louw back together for Fish 2023

Cradock - After a six-year break since their last Fish River Canoe Marathon triumph, Andy Birkett and Greg Louw will be aiming for the SA K2 Championships title once again at the 2023 race starting on 6 October. 

The pair won back-to-back Fish K2 titles in 2015 and 2017, and Birkett has dominated the race for the last seven years, winning the event five times across both the K1 and K2 formats.

"It's been six years since Greg and I last raced, so I am pretty excited to be back in a boat with him," said Euro Steel's Birkett.

"Greg and I raced a lot together, but I used to always sit in the front until we raced a Fish in 2015 when Greg sat in the front. We just seem to click with Greg in the front.

"We feel really efficient together in the boat. Saying that, there are a lot of strong combinations at this years race, so I think it's going to be a tight competitive event."

The Eastern Cape-based pair have started their build-up to the race with a dress rehearsals on the river recently and it's whet the appetite of Birkett. 

"Greg and I paddled Pre-Fish last weekend and it was great to be back on the river again. I think Pre-Fish made me even more excited for Fish - the river is looking great this year."

Birkett returned with a silver medal from the recent ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Denmark. The gap between that event and the Fish has traditionally been very short, however this year the events are more spread out which has helped the top athletes prepare for the SA Championships. 

"I always feel like fish two weeks after marathon worlds is a rush and forces you to adjust too quickly to the river and the boat.

"This year, with five weeks after marathon worlds it's been great to have a little rest and then refocus on preparing for fish. 

"A K2 Fish is always full of depth and it should make for some exciting, close racing this year," Birkett commented.

Early-bird entries for the event close at midnight on Friday after which entrants will pay an extra late-entry fee. Paddlers can enter via the Canoeing SA entry portal at https://paddler.canoesa.com/

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


Photo Caption Photographer
Click to download the hi-resolution pic

The official Fish River Marathon Logo

Defending Champion Andy Birkett (right) will be teaming up with Greg Louw after a long break at the 2023 Fish River Canoe Marathon Bruce Viaene/ Gameplan Media
Conditions of usage of photographs: All photographs supplied and hyperlinked herewith may be used free of charge, with full credit to the photographer and agency as provided. The photographs may not be modified or retouched in any way, but may be cropped to suit the layout requirements of the publications. The photographs provided may be used exclusively for editorial purposes, and may be reprinted in any newspaper, magazine, television programme or on any website. These photographs may not be used for any commercial or promotional purpose, including but not limited to posters, advertisements, commercials, promotional email correspondence, point-of-sale material or any retail promotion. Should such usage be desired, please contact us at the details below.
Is this of no value to you?
This media release is intended for use by media professionals covering this specific activity or sport. Should this release not be relevant you, please advise us immediately and we will be glad to remove your name from this particular database. It would be useful to us if you could advise us which subjects you would like to continue receiving releases on.
For any further information, or if you cannot access the images, or if you need alternative images, please contact:
Gameplan Media
(031) 764 3017