Rising Stars Shine at 2022 SA Schools and Senior Sprint Champs

by | Apr 29, 2022

The country’s best and up-and-coming sprint paddlers battled it out for the various positions for the national teams at the 2022 SA Schools and Senior Sprint Championships at Lomond Dam outside Gansbaai.

From a senior perspective Esti Olivier proved why she is the country’s premier women’s sprinter winning both the K1 200m and the K1 500m ahead of sprint legend Bridgitte Hartley, who ended second in both races, and Kira Bester, who finished third in both races.

The longer events were won by Hartley as she used her marathon endurance to win the K1 1000m and the K1 5000m events.

Hartley showed her power beating Olivier and Melanie van Niekerk in the 1000m final, while she held off van Niekerk and Jade Wilson to win the 5000m event.

The SA Schools Sprint Championships attracted another strong field of paddlers from the Under 8 category all the way through to the Under 18’s and there were a number of stand-out performances.

In the Under 14 category, Emma Privett finished as the highest placed Under 14 girl. She won three of the four K1 races and won two of the four K2 events to finish top of the pile.

Georgia Singe was just as impressive in the Under 16 girls division with a clean sweep in the K1 events and backed that up with impressive performances in her K2 events, too.

Saskia Hockly proved her versatility when she won every race in the Under 18 girls division claiming all four SA K1 titles and then teaming up with her sister Valmajean to win all of the K2 races as well.

“The talent that we have right through from the Under 12 category and up is exceptional and there were some stand out performances across the board,” said President of Canoeing South Africa Kim Pople.

“A massive thank you to the Western Cape Canoe Union for hosting such a successful event and we hope that an event like this inspires youngsters to continue with sprint paddling,” Pople concluded.


Photo 1 Caption: South African sprint ace Esti Olivier was one of the stand out senior paddlers at the recent SA Schools and Senior Sprint Championships at Lomond Dam outside Gansbaai. Photo: Bence Vakassy / Gameplan Media

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