Maritzburg college and Epworth dominate school canoeing

2012-02-28 00:00

MARITZBURG College continued its dominance of schools canoeing in the province at the weekend taking the first six places at the Capitol Caterers-Popes Canoe Centre Mooi River race on Saturday. The overall winner was Donovan Wewege, who out sprinted Murray Haw by one second at the finish. Murray Starr finished third two minutes behind and 15 seconds ahead of James Speed. Then followed the first and second U16 boats of Louis Hattingh and Damon Stamp. Michaelhouse got their first look at the podium with Patrick Dillon taking the third place in U16. Showing great future potential, Michaelhouse took all the places in the U16 boys’ race with Graham Davies, Craig Heenan and Jason Boulle.

In the girls’ race, Epworth exhibited the same dominance. Brittany Petersen took the overall win by four minutes from Jordan Peek with the leading U16, Francis Beresford, in third place overall. Camilla Pennefather and Bianca Haw took second and third in the U16s. St Anne’s Kate Arnott was the only non-Epworth podium finisher, taking third in U18. The U14 category was another clean sweep for Epworth with Cana Peek, Jamie-Lee Robertson and Donna Hutton, all members of the recently established KNCU Junior Canoeing Academy sponsored by Zig-Zag Kayaks.

More than 160 school paddlers from all around the province took part in the race hosted by Weston Agricultural College and Hilton College. It was the second in the Capitol Caterers-Popes Canoe Centre Interschools Challenge for 2012. Winter sports now take over and the next event in the challenge will be the two canoe polo regattas — girls on September 1 and boys on September 8 at the varsity pool.


Boys’ U18: 1. Donovan Wewege MAR 1:01,40; 2. Murray Haw MAR 1:01,41: 3. Murray Starr MAR 1:02,35.

U16: 1. Louise Hattingh MAR 1:03,35; 2. Damon Stamp MAR 1:05,28; 3. Patrick Dillon MIC 1:07,10.

U14: 1. Graham Davies MIC 1:19,01; 2. Craig Heenan MIC 1:20,25; 3. Jason Boulle MIC 1:26,08.

Girls U18: 1. Brittany Petersen EPW 1:08,48; 2. Jordan Peek EPW 1:12,53; 3. Kate Arnott STA 1:18,16.

U16: 1. Francis Beresford EPW 1:14,37; 2. Camilla Pennefather EPW 1:18,17; 3. Bianca Haw EPW 1:23,03.

U15: 1. Cana Peek EPW 1:25,50; 2. Jamie-Lee Robertson EPW 1:29,16; 3. Donna Hutton EPW 1:44,59.

Continuing a great weekend for school paddlers, they also dominated the Umkomaas Challenge on Sunday morning. Donovan Wewege from Maritzburg College getting his second overall win of the weekend in a K1 followed by the Michaelhouse K2 of Matthew Heenan and Craig Smorfitt.

The father-and-son team of Lance and Hadyn Bartlett were third with another Michaelhouse crew, U16 this time, Angelos Geranmageh and Jean-Luc Clackworthy in fourth place.

Brittany Petersen also took her second overall victory, winning the women’s race in 11th place.

College’s Andrew Woodgate was the second K1 home.

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