Women paddlers excel in Stella

2008-04-08 00:00

JUST over 100 paddlers took part in the Stella Upper Umgeni Race on Sunday with around 50% of them novice river paddlers earning proficiency points for next season.

This included an excellent 13 women’s K1, 14 mixed doubles and several father and son or daughter combinations. Some of these were not a case of the father tutoring the son but the reverse and notably Steven Stott paddling with his father Roger in dad’s first race while Roger’s better-known younger son, Ant, kept them company along the route paddling with Warwick Tindall.

Dave Maritz from Amanzimtoti took line honours in a K1 but race winners from the later starting K2 batch were Matt Gilson and Mark Summers, juniors from Maritzburg College.

Another College paddler, Troy Harworth, took third spot. Chris and Beth Gillitt from Eston were fourth overall and the winning mixed double with Umzinyathi’s Lorna Holmes winning the women’s race. Umzinyathi’s women had a good day with Lana Allen and Shireigh Delpech taking second and third.

The four-cumec flow in the Upper Umgeni was relatively low but did ensure that all 67 boats that started completed the course.

The race was the last in a series of three end-of-season events and attention now moves to flat water for the SA Sprint Canoeing season.

The first events are the 500 metre and 200 metre days of the KZN Sprint Championships next weekend at Nagle Dam.

The revived Family K4 event on Sunday is attracting a lot of interest. This is a 200 metre K4 event with full heats, semi-finals and finals but restricted to entries of four members of canoeing families (parents and offspring only) and must include at least one woman.

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