Canoeing: maritzburg college bags seven wins and maintains dominance

2012-10-17 00:00

TAKING the first seven places on the Upper Umgeni on Saturday, including the top U16 in third spot overall, Maritzburg College continued their domination of schools’ river racing in KZN.

Racing over the 17 km Albert Falls to Baynes Drift section of the Umgeni, Don Wewege just managed to outsprint Murray Starr for the first place with U16 Louis Hattingh, third, three minutes later. Alan Houston and Helgar Pretorius, both from Michaelhouse, took the minor places in U16 while Natal Canoe Club development paddlers, Tumelo Elephant and Khumbulani Molefe, took first and second in U14 with Rory McNeill from Kearsney a distant third.

Brittany Petersen, Jordan Peek, Camilla Pennefather (U16) and Bianca Haw (U16) gave Epworth the first four places in the girls’ race with Julia Trodd from GHS Pietermaritzburg, fifth overall and third U16. The Epworth dominance continued in the U14 girls’ category with Cana Peek, Jamie-Lee Robertson and Donna Hutton taking the first three places.

An excellent field of 157 paddlers from 14 schools took part in the race. It was the sixth in the eight event Capitol Caterers-Popes Canoe Centre Interschools Challenge for 2012. The weather was sunny and warm and the Umgeni was flowing at a modest 3,5 cumecs.

The next event will be the Bushmans race on November 3, in Estcourt.

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