Wilson twins ready to paddle Fish River

2013-09-26 00:00

CRADOCK — Maritzburg College twin paddling duo Travis and Tyler Wilson are putting in the hard yards preparing for their fourth Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon and the chance to win in the junior boys’ category when they get to Cradock for the race tomorrow and Saturday.

The pair have been hard at training in Pietermaritzburg and have had the prominent K2 pairing of Cam Schoeman and Andy Birkett helping them out in recent weeks.

“We have done a lot of our training in Pietermaritzburg because of school,” Travis Wilson said. “Luckily for us Cam [Schoeman] and Andy [Birkett] have been training with us a bit, which has been a serious help for both of us.

“Even though our focus has been mainly geared towards marathon racing it is awesome to learn from guys that have quite a bit of experience and a lot of top results behind them,” Travis mentioned.

The twins shifted their focus away from the marathon scene after the South African Marathon Championships and threw all of their effort into getting ready for the race in Cradock.

“We have become involved with the MacSquad with Lee McGregor and have been training down at Blue Lagoon, which has been good in getting us ready for the race. We were a little disappointed with our fourth place at the South African Marathon Champs but we are going be ready to go in Cradock,” Travis said.

The twins have always been a combination and have never paddled with anyone else, which means that their knowledge of each other is second to none and Travis will be the one entrusted with leading them down the river as safely as possible.

“I have paddled with my brother in every K2 race that I have done and I don’t think I could paddle with anyone else. Tyler drove in our last K2 Fish and this year and we used to do quite a bit of changing but it seems that I am doing a lot more of the driving now and my brother gives us the power from the back,” he said.

The Hansa Fish River Canoe marathon takes place tomorrow and Saturday.

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