#gsport15 Ministerial Award recipient, Nosipho Mthembu, continues to make huge strides in her young sporting career, winning the U23 K1 title at the KZN Marathon Championships on Saturday, 26 September 2020.

Women results

Posted by Kwazulu Natal Canoe Union on Saturday, 26 September 2020

A head to head race between Mthembu and Jade Dundass-Starr saw the 19-year-old eventually pulling away with 4km’s to go to take the title in 2:09:48.

Speaking on her victory, Mthembu says, “I was sick yesterday and I haven’t been training since August.

“When I started the race, I said to myself I am there for training and not for winning. When I started the race, everything was easy.”

Being honoured with the Ministerial Award at the 2020 Momentum gsport Awards was a special moment in her career.

“I felt special and Kim (Pople) kept saying congratulations for winning the Ministerial award. It was very special.”

In terms of competitive action, the past few months have been difficult under the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, however as the country has moved down to level 1, Mthembu is eager to finish the year on a high.

“I want to go to SA Champs and qualify for World Marathon Champs. I am also looking forward to SA Canoe Sprints in October.”

Speaking on Mthembu’s success on race day, Canoeing South Africa President Kim Pople revealed, “Seeing Nosipho transition from the Junior to U23 age group with a win at the KZN Marathon Championships is testament to her desire to pursue her goals.”

With Mthembu feeling unwell, she still managed to soldier on, showcasing her championship mentality.

“Chatting with her at training on Thursday, she confided that she has not been feeling too well, so it was great to see her on the start line, let alone taking on the 22km marathon distance with a win.”

In a previous interview with gsport, the KwaZulu-Natal local revealed that her ultimate dream is to represent South Africa at the Olympics and is well on her way to wearing the green and gold on the international stage.

KZN Marathon Championships – Women’s Results:

U8:

  1. Isabelle van Heerden

 U12 6km’s:  

  1.  Derryn Millward
  2.  Asanda Ndimande
  3.  Snothando Mbanjwa

 U16  18,5km’s:  

  1. Saskia Hockly
  2.  Melonie Croeser
  3.  Valmajean Hockly

 U18 18,5km’s:  

  1.  Saskia Hockly
  2.  Melonie Croeser
  3.  Emmi Wood

 U23 22km’s:  

  1. Nosipho Mthembu
  2.  Jade Dundas-Starr

 Senior 26,5km’s:  

  1.  Jenna Ward
  2.  Bridgitte Hartley