Well done to all the Gauteng juniors who performed to the best of their ability at the SA School – interprovincial interschool kayak sprint competition which took place at Roodeplaat on the weekend starting 30 April, and over 1 and 2 May!

The weather was generally superb although a nasty gusty wind made lining up at the sprint starts of the 1000m on the first day very difficult!  Distances covered 1000m, 500m, and 200m over the three days in K1, K2 for under 14 upwards and even U18 K4 races.


SA Schools Sprints 2015

Well done to our school achievers – H F Verwoerd Parys topped the junior  boys log with 270 points –  while St Davids Marist Primary school brought in 135 points!  TOP TWO Junior boys schools!

Alex Masina was individually responsible for Forest Town Achieving 5th place in the Senior boys with 110 points, and in the junior Girls section Curro came in 2nd with 112 and HFV 74.

Hoerskool Parys was 2nd in the Senior Girls schools with 101 while  Parktown Girls  finished up 5th 76.5.

So – we were there Gautengers! we counted! we made a difference! WELL DONE!

In the individual overall Victor/Victrix Ladorum positions at the end of the overall tournament, Under 8 boys top finisher was Divan Bornman (HFV) with 80 points, while third place was taken by fellow LKK colleague from the same school with 50 – Ruben Hartman….!

Under 10 boys leaders were also from LKK (HFV Primary) Chentin Minie and Lyton Oelofse, with 80 and 60 points respectively, while LKK Wian Bornman from Hoerskool Parys brought in 2nd for the Under 14 boys, with 91.5 points.

Alex Masina  (JCC) was the 100% points scorer of the day with overall total of 110 points having won every single race K1, K2, LD, in all distances.

ACD C1 paddlers Thulani Mathe and Donald Itumaleng were the C1 hero’s of the day with 8 and 6 points.

On the girls side of things our little heroine was FLCC’s Bonolo Mohapi the only Under 8 participant finishing as top Victrix Ladorum, with 26 points – i am not at all sure where all the Under 8 littlies from our school league were but they weren’t at Roodeplaat!

Anja Bornman and Ameerah Hank flew the flag in the Under 10 Girls division with 1st and 3rd (LIK/FLCC)  representing HFV and CURRO with 74 and 66 points respectively, and thank goodness for Caroline van der Linde who clinched the Under 16 girls top podium position from Hoerskool Parys and LKK who earned 101 points to keep Gauteng in the race!

Nicole Smith finished up as the 3rd place Victrix Ladorum (Trinity House / Dabs) with 48 points overall….

And thats the end of the sprint season in South African racing as we head straight into the marathon season in two weeks time – may your sprint training stand you all in good stead!

Jennie Dallas

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