Highlighting St Francis Bay Paddlers in SA Marathon Champs Champs
What a great weekend for St Francis with the South African Canoe Marathon Champs having enthralled a large audience not hindered by the wind and occasional rain to line the banks and cheer these wonderful athletes, young and old, men and women, boys and girls.
In possibly the most exciting and certainly the most prestigious event, the Senior Mens K1 Championship,two of the red hot favourites coming in first and second with Andy Birkett just pipping Jasper Mocke by one second to take line honours. Stuart MacLaren came in thisd a couple of minutes behind the winner.
Andy Birkett and Hank McGregor won a the men’s K2 title in another thrilling race with Cape crew of Stu MacLaren and Kenny Rice taking the silver. The bronze went to Louis Hattingh and Hamish Lovemore in the end-sprint, dramatically depriving the former K2 world champ Jasper Mocké and Nick Notten of a place in the medals. .
Birkett & McGregors win earned them a place in the the SA team to compete in the world championships in Portugal in September.
at the South African Marathon Championships on Sunday afternoon, ratifying their selection as part of the national canoeing team to the world championships in Portugal in September.
With so many events and so many result to report on St Francis Today has decided to only highlight the main categories and then list St Francis Bay Paddlers Club paddler results. Full results can be accessed on the Eastern Cape Canoe Club website.
K1 – GUPPY BOYS U12
6 47359 RONALDO VAN ROOYEN
9 47442 LIKHO RAMNCWANA
15 47692 BERVEN TITUS
16 47691 RIADAN BAADJIES
18 47688 JUNIOR JACOBS
22 47693 DAMAIN BEKEER
24 47696 RONHON JONAS
K1 – BOYS U14
11 47354 ELMANCO LEGRANGE
22 40308 OLIVER MITCHLEY
26 47355 IMMANUEL WILDEMAN
27 47441 FERNANDO UITHALER
K1 – BOYS U18 and U16
12 40312 GRAYDON MITCHLEY (Graydon was 3rd in the Under 16)
K1 – MASTER MEN
4 97197 ROBERT GAULT
K1 – SUB-GRAND MASTER MEN
4 6409 GORDON SPALDING
6 5272 PETER KING
K1 – GRAND MASTER MEN
9 4902 RICHARD ARDERNE
K2 – BOYS U14
8 47467 47464 NAZEEN DAVIDS and AVUYILE KOLWENI
K2 – BOYS U18 & U16
6 40312 50323 GRAYDON MITCHLEY and MELVINO KLAASE (Melvino is from Paarl) – They were 1st in the under 16
SFT hasn’t managed to secure all the category placings for the K2 but we are able to report that local lasses Stephanie Ernsten and Penny Hulett achieved a second place in the Women’s Sub Master category. Well done Steph and Penny!
A few other results we were able to pick up were
Peter Mitchley & Robert Gault – 6th in the K2 Sub Masters
Peter King & Byron Andrews – 4th in the K2 Sub Grand Masters
Richard Arderne & Gavin Harvey – 5th in the K2 Grand Masters
If we missed one of our locals – apologies but well done to all competitors
Photos courtesy SA Canoe Championship Facebook