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Florida Lake Canoe Club excel at Gauteng sprint champs

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Not always advised but sometimes necessary, meticulous manoeuvring needs to be discarded in favour of sheer speed.

Junior canoeists from the Florida Lake Canoe Club travelled the breadth of Johannesburg on 6 March to sharpen their preparations for the South African School Sprint Championships. The Germiston Lake-based Victoria Lake Canoe Club hosted the Gauteng Canoe Union’s Sprint Championships which doubles as an opportunity to impress national selectors for the school age group event at the end of April.

Ameerah Hank. Photo: Supplied.

While most school children will be enjoying another holiday, the cream of the young canoeing crop will be engaged in a water-bound shootout of speed at Shongweni Dam. Before they get there, however, the small matter of Gauteng’s premier sprint competition had to be settled. “All ages from under eight through to 80 participated in the prestigious event. Sprinting is recognised as an Olympic discipline and the most important of the various canoe racing which includes marathons, river and white-water canoeing,” explained Gauteng Canoe Union Media Liaison, Jennie Dallas.

Reatlegile Maphanga a comfortable second. Photo: Supplied.

Florida Primary School’s Chane Steyn placed fifth in her U/12 age group, while Reatlegile Maphanga from Die Ruiter Primary achieved a second place finish in both the U/10 200m and 500m events. Curro Aurora sisters Ameerah and Kamilah Hank each earned a place on the podium with a second and third place finish in their respective age groups.

“While many Florida Lake Canoe Club paddlers prefer white-water river paddling, it is important to encourage the youth to participate in the important sprint discipline,” said Jennie, elaborating on a successful weekend. Despite a long weekend coming up, paddlers will no doubt be on the water getting in as much training as possible, even if they do sneak in a few cheeky Easter eggs.

Kamilah Hank on her way to a third place finish. Photo: Supplied. /cdn-cgi/scripts/5c5dd728/cloudflare-static/email-decode.min.js /cdn-cgi/scripts/5c5dd728/cloudflare-static/email-decode.min.js  

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