Graydon won gold at Schools Canoe Champs

2016-04-14 06:00

ST Francis resident and Woodridge College paddler, Graydon Mitchley, won several medals at the 2016 SA Schools Championships held at Shongweni Dam in KwaZulu-Natal.

Grayton, racing in the u.14 A-section, collected gold medals in the K2 500m and 5 000m finals with his partner Melvino Klaase from the Western Province. These two fine paddlers also won silver medals in the K2 200m and 1 000 paddling events.

They received their medals from SA Olympic medalist Bridget Harley.

Grayton furthermore competed in the A-section finals in the K1 200m, 500m, 1 000 and 5 000 events. He obtained three fourth places and a fifth place, with as little as two seconds between the fourth place and the winner in some of the races.

In total he competed in 24 flat-out, hard-core races in just three days.

He could not have achieved these outstanding results without his dedicated team: his brother Ollie who is his chief critic and supporter, his father Pete who is the chief technician and in charge of the boat preparation, and his mother who is also his manager and media officer.

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