Jordan paddles for SA

2013-10-15 00:00

IN her first competition representing South Africa, Epworth schoolgirl Jordan Peek, with the help of her paddling partner Kerry Shuter, managed eighth place at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Denmark.

Quite an achievement considering that Jordan and the Johannesburg-based Kerry had only been in a boat together twice before the K2 women’s junior race at the championships.

“We combined really well together,” Jordan told The Witness of her partnership with Kerry. “Kerry has competed internationally before, but this was my first time.”

She wasn’t finished there. After returning from Denmark, she headed straight to Cradock to compete in the Fish River Canoe Marathon.

Paddling with her younger sister, Cana, they won their U18 K2 category, finishing ahead of another Epworth pair, Bianca Haw and Charlotte Lovemore.

Next year, she will be competing in her fourth Dusi Canoe Marathon, having finished second in the U18 race this year.

“I haven’t found a partner yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I can’t do it with my sister because it’s going to be her first [Dusi Canoe Marathon], and she needs to partner up with someone with more experience so she’ll enjoy it. I don’t know, maybe I’ll change my mind,” she said.

Her best performance in the iconic race was last year when she partnered with Bianca Haw — who won this year’s U18 race. They finished first in their category and fourth overall.

“I was 16 at the time, and we won R6 000 each. I still have it.”

After competing at school — today is her last day — she is going to study a BA in sport science at the University of Stellenbosch where her role model, reigning Dusi champion and former Epworth girl Robyn Kime, studies.

“I’ll carry on paddling after school and see where it takes me,” she said.

“Robyn is a paddler I look up to. She came to Epworth and she’s someone I admire. I’ve done races with her and she’s a really nice person as well.”

Her big dream?

“I’d like to win the Dusi. I also enjoyed representing my country and it’s something I’d like to do again.”

Her father, Bryan Peek, told The Witness that although he was extremely proud of Jordan, he stressed every time she took to the dangerous waters.

“But, I am extremely proud of how she’s done.”

He concluded by saying: “I’d love to see her do the Dusi with her sister one day. I see them paddling in the future and they’re going to be a strong pairing.”

NAME : Jordan Peek

AGE: 17

HEIGHT: 1,67 m

SCHOOL : Epworth School

SPORT: Canoeing

AMBITION : To win the Dusi Canoe

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