If you had any doubts in your mind about whether Canoeing South Africa’s amazing results last year on home ground were just fluke then this years results should put your mind to rest. Undaunted by the exchange rate and our aging tracksuits Team SA scrapped together their pennies and jumped on planes that were last serviced when their tracksuits were but a twinkle in someones eye to go and defend our honour. And they REALLY REALLY DID! With a display of paddling that would have brought tears to a father eyes and a sense of sportsmanship that makes you want to snap your shoulders back in pride they were formidable.
It was good to see names like Graeme Solomon (recent winner of the Berg River Marathon) and Dawid Mocke (4x World Surfski Champ) putting their hands up and showing that they are not afraid of almost 25 km of flat water. The first day they manage to do all the singles heats and on the second day it is all the doubles.
Mr. Faithful himself Mr. Allan Hold got the team off to a cracking start by grabbing the first medal of the day with a super 2nd in the K1 65-69 over 19km. And so the medal haul started. When you see our Masters going about their business you come to realise that as South Africans have a proud heritage of marathon racing and perhaps we would have more paddling icons if it was not for our checkered past. Huge respect to all the paddlers that took part – you set a very high standard for the seniors to follow.
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