Epworth girls shine in this year’s Dusi

2016-02-24 06:00
Epworth Dusi paddlers on the U18 winners’ podium are (from left) Gina Forno, Jamie-Lee Robertson, Cana Peek, Kyeta Purchase, Brittany Eayrs and Gemma Lawson. PHOTO: supplied

Epworth Dusi paddlers on the U18 winners’ podium are (from left) Gina Forno, Jamie-Lee Robertson, Cana Peek, Kyeta Purchase, Brittany Eayrs and Gemma Lawson. PHOTO: supplied

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AS has become the norm in recent years, Epworth had a healthy representation in this year’s Dusi Canoe Marathon and girls past and present proudly kept the school’s flag flying high.

Fifteen Epworth girls completed the three-day journey to Durban and 2016 proved a bumper edition for them. In the U18 section, Epworth paddlers were part of the top three placings, Cana Peek and Kyeta Purchase (Our Lady of Fatima) taking top spot followed by Brittany Eayrs and Gemma Lawson (The Wykeham Collegiate) and third occupied by the all Epworth duo of Jamie-Lee Robertson and Gina Forno.

The Peek/Purchase pairing were brilliant throughout the race, breaking the first- and second-day records for the women’s U18 K2 category and their overall finishing time of 9:43:51 was also a record.

Their finishing third overall in the women’s race after Peek had finished second in last year’s K1 women’s race was remarkable. While the current crop of paddling pupils dominate on the water, Epworth’s past girls have claimed the race as theirs with some outstanding performances and this time around was no exception.Of the top six pairs in the women’s race, four paddlers were Epworthians — winner Abby Solms, second placed Tamika Haw and Alex Adie (Solms’s twin sister) and sixth placed Jordan Peek, who paddled with her mom and current sports coach at Epworth, Kim Peek.

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