10th Annual Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

Rob Welsh and Greg Louw take top honours in Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

The Podium - Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

The Podium – Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

The weather in St Francis can truly serve up wonderful weather at the very last moment as it did on Sunday for the 10th annual Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge for after a truly awful cold and windy Saturday, Sunday 24 July 2016 dawned a perfect: sunny and calm day, making for a very pleasant morning paddling.

The event is a doubles event but Singles were also welcome although the prizes were only for doubles. The event saw some 62 paddlers compete which was a 20% increase on the 2015 event.

Soon after the start, the field, as always, split up into bunches with Greg Louw/Rob Welsh and Phil Smith/Josie Williams breaking away, with the second batch consisting of Kevin Klette/Lean Nowers, Gary Atkinson/Richard Arderne, and National u14 champs, Graydon Mitchley/Jordy Malherbe following closely

In the end it was Rob Welsh and Greg Louw who took the 20km title followed by Joseph Williams and Phil Smith just 2 seconds behind, a closely fought contest indeed, with Kevin Klette and Lean Mowers in third spot. The 10km race saw the versatile Amica de Jager (she appears as comfortable on the water as she is in the water) and Vilem Horak followed by Dean and Dale Abrahams with Rob Smith and Antoinette Scholtz in third.

As always the Quaysyde proved to be very popular, with some paddlers enjoying a few beers in the sun for many hours after the prize-giving.

Young and not so young - Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

Sponsors Richard Arderne with fellow competitors

Donate a Teddy Bear


Pam Golding Properties in St Francis Bay has started an initiative to collect Teddy Bears for the Balobi Disney Crèche in Sea Vista. The Teddy Bears will be given to the children of the crèche at their annual Christmas Party.

Pam Golding Properties St Francis Bay have been working with Disney Crèche since 2006 and with the help of the local community hope to make it a “Happy Christmas for the 80 plus children who attend the crèche. “Each Teddy collected will be named and a special message tag will be attached to the bear. In addition we, Pam Golding Properties, will be adding another small present to the donated Teddy’s to make it a special Christmas for these kids” said Pam Golding Properties St Francis Bay owner, Richard Arderne.

A date for the Christmas party which will be held in early December, a date will be announced soon. Arderne encouraged locals to not only donate Teddy’s but also attend the Christmas Party where under the guidance of Balobi Disney Crèche principal, Charlotte Visagie, her daughter Natasha and Charlotte’s helpers at the crèche, the kids will sing Christmas carols.

So come on St Francis, dig out those old Teddy’s or purchase a new one and make it a happy Christmas for these little ones.

Read more about Balobi Disney Crèche.



Give a Teddy Bear for Christmas