Canoeing legend Pope-Ellis is killed in tractor accident

2010-06-18 14:27

Veteran canoeist Graeme Pope-Ellis, a 15-times winner of the Dusi

Canoe Marathon, has died in an accident on his farm in Pietermaritzburg.

Pope-Ellis (62) was driving his tractor, doing some ploughing, when

the tractor rolled over and on top of him, according to a statement.

“We are absolutely devastated at the news. Graeme was a South

African sporting icon, having won the Dusi 15 times and paddled it 45

consecutive times,” said Dusi spokesperson Ray de Vries.

“I was with him just last week when he rode the Unlimited Dusi

Mfula mountain bike event along the route of the Dusi, and he was telling me how

much he was enjoying the ride.”

Pope-Ellis is survived by his wife, Wendy, and his daughter,


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