College’s Wewege triumphs in inter-schools sprint

2012-02-14 00:00

THE 2012 edition of the Inter-schools Canoeing Challenge got under way on Saturday with the 500 m Sprint Day hosted by Michaelhouse at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg.

Donovan Wewege of Maritzburg College proved his canoeing versatility by winning the open boys’ category by 0,38 seconds from school-mate James Speed. Third place was taken by Warren le Roux from MCS.

Wewege took fourth place overall in last week’s All African Canoe Slalom Championships in Bethlehem.

Maritzburg College’s Louis Hattingh took the U16 title with the best time overall for the whole regatta.

James Horner of Epworth won the U14 category.

In the girls open category, old rivals and recent K2 partners Brittany Petersen of Epworth and Emma Horner of St John’s DSG fought it out for the top spot. Petersen won the heats, but Horner hit back to take the final by a comfortable four seconds. Kate Arnott of St Anne’s took third place.

Francis Berresford took the U16 girls’ title from Epworth school-mate Camilla Pennefather, with another Epworth paddler, Cana Peek, on top in the U14 category.

Times were not good given that the racing was upstream on a temporary course at Camps Drift, but there was plenty of competition from the 200 school paddlers taking part, with seven heats necessary in both U16 and open boys’ categories.

The next event in the Challenge is the Mooi River race hosted by Weston Agricultural College on Saturday, February 25. The challenge consists of events in sprint, slalom, canoe polo, flat-water marathon and river marathon, and is designed to introduce all disciplines of the sport as well as a competitive challenge to all the schools involved.

For the past 20 years it has provided the most important feeder for junior canoeists into the mainstream of canoeing in KZN.

Results 500 m K1

Boys

Open 1. Donovan Wewege MAR 2:01.07, 2. James Speed MAR 2:01.45, 3. Warren le Roux MCS 2:02.86

U16 1. Louis Hattingh MAR 1:58.71, 2. Bryan le Roux MCS 2:03.87, 3. Keagan Kok WST 2:10.77

U14 1. James Horner EPW 2:26.77, 2. Jason Boulle MIC 2:35.39, 3. Graham Davies MIC 2:42.15

U12 Guppy 200m 1. Clancy EPW 1:01.8, 2. Kade White EPW 1:11.14

Girls

Open 1. Emma Horner STJ 2:12.05, 2. Brittany Petersen EPW 2:16.7, 3. Kate Arnott STA 2:32.64.

U16 1. Francis Berresford EPW 2:19.84, 2. Camilla Pennefather EPW 2:24.52, 3. Sarah Harries TWC 2:38.43

U14 1. Cana Peek EPW 2:39.48, 2. Donna Hutton EPW 2:40.85, 3. Jamie Robertson EPW 2:41.32

U12 Guppy 200m 1. Riley van Rooyen EPW 1:00.77, 2. Amy Peckett EPW 1:08.2, 3. Casey Robertson EPW 1:13.58.

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