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Good turnout for cold canoe challenge

48 paddlers braved a cold and wet Saturday morning to take part in the annual winter canals canoe challenge last Saturday (July 28), one of only a few events that was not cancelled due to the rain!  Paddlers could choose between the main 20km distance or the shorter 10km.

Greg and Richard

Greg Louw and Richard Arderne

Top South African paddler Greg Louw won the main race in a record time of 1 hour 34 minutes.  In second place was Ryan Louw and third Richard von Wildemann.  Greg narrowly missed the Olympic team.

The junior under 18 winner was Jordan Zeelie, with Kerry Louw first lady home.  The doubles category was won by Rohan Greyvenstein and Ross Goedhals, with Ray Holmes, Alan Campbell and Paul Gerrard participating in a K3.

The short course was won by Hein van Rooyen in 52 minutes, followed by the event sponsor Richard Arderne.  Third was St Francis Sport trustee Gavin Harvey in 55 minutes.  The first lady home was Andrea Rathbane.

Roeltin Louw was the first junior over the finish line.  Roeltin, a grade 9 learner at Nico Malan High School in Humansdorp, represented his school at the SA Schools Sprint Championships in April this year.  He competed against 64 paddlers in the under 16 division, and made it to the 200m, 500m and 5 000m finals, as well as the 1 000m semi-final.


Local paddler, Roeltin Louw.

“It is fantastic to have such talented paddlers here,” says Richard Arderne from Pam Golding, who sponsored the event.  “48 paddlers in total gives a great vibe.”

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