New committee, new paddling year, new you!
The AGM was held last week. There is a new enthused, energised and endorphin loving bunch in charge.We are going to have a summer series, beginning on Thursday 1st October.  Roger Stubbs is going to run this. Clean up of Dabs wall and surrounds on Sunday 4th October. There is a new Women’s group starting this Saturday morning from 9:00 – 10:00 for women who have some paddling experience.  To contact Sarah 082 785 2213 via whatsapp for more information. Our training groups will be formalised and advertised via our website and facebook asap. Liebenbergsvlei is going ahead on the 22nd of November. Racks going cheap – unallocated racks may be rented for ½ price = R575 instead of R1150 from now until the end of the season. And an awesome video of a shark biting a surfski, … not really, but now you want to click on it, it’s actually a Dabs paddling video: https://vimeo.com/458141194
The new committed committee

Take a moment to acquaint yourselves with the new leadership. The old “washed” out Chairman was replaced. The committee needed a spin-cycle. The new committee’s enthusiasm will come out in the wash, just wash this space … OK, that’s enough (reader’s voice).

I’m sure you will all join the new committee in thanking the outgoing Chairman Graham “Washey” Neate and his Committee for the sterling job they had done over the past two years

And… this may seem long, but it’s interesting:

Meet our new Chairperson – Sarah Evans. 

Sarah is a real Gautenger, grew up in Johannesburg and went to school at Kingsmead College and then studied at the University Natal in Pietermaritzburg, where she obtained her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology
Prior to qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, Sarah worked as a supply teacher in London, working in very tough neighbourhoods with extremely badly behaved children!  During her years of qualifying and working, she worked in many diverse settings, from male lock up prison units, to Tara in Sandton, to the East Bank Clinic in Alexandra Township. 
Sarah is seriously well qualified for her new role at Dabulamanzi.
Sarah started paddling in 2003, “I was tired of sitting on the bank watching my husband Sean paddle, seconding a Dusi for Sean made me realise that I would far rather be in a boat than driving through the hot Valley of a Thousand Hills in an old farm bakkie.” 
Sarah met Sean through a blind date at a James Bond party, it was a case of “Diamonds are Forever”. The start of “Team Sevans.”
The Sevans have two gorgeous daughters, 11 and the other 15 years old; “Our eldest daughter has just started paddling which we are thrilled about.”
 
Sarah is no stranger to the Dabs Committee, she has served on the Committee since 2013 and has organised many amazing functions and incredible Club Jols.
 
Sarah’s greatest paddling experiences have been paddling with Sean overseas; doing the Liffey and the Sella Decent together and being part of the incredible SA Marathon Tours. But winning the one of the Ladies K2 events during the Sella Series in Spain with Club mate Sarah Robinson was a really special moment.  
Sarah admits, “To be honest, paddling with my mates on the “Whirl Pool” at Dabs is still an everyday highlight for me.”  Sarah is a great supporter of all the local races.

A Special note from Sarah:
Thank you to all for voting me to be the new chair of our Club; The Finest Canoe Club in The Whole Dam Universe.  Our goal as a committee is to have an inclusive club, that is a special place for all members.  We want our club to be warm, welcoming and safe.  While we value our top athletes and celebrate in their achievements, we want to encourage participation from all sectors of our community; from our very youngest to our very oldest members.  We would like to expand on our junior programme, encourage more women paddlers and would love to have more families involved.  We would like to improve our communication so that all members of our community are kept up to date with the many exciting events happening at the club. Wow, quite a scary task but I am really looking forward to handling it with Kelvin and your support.
 
A Note from our new Dabs Vice Chair – Kelvin Byres.

I Grew in the Maritzburg
School: Martizburg College
Studied Construction Management at UKZN
Started paddling at 15
Met Taf, my wife through Richmond Canoe Club while in London
We have two boys, Jordan and Jamie
Have had 4 years on the Dabs Committee
A Couple of Highlights: 27th at last year’s Dusi, 11th at the Liffy Decent in a mixed Double
Best Paddling experience: Shooting Keith’s with the best 2nd in the world – The Taf or any time spent in the Umkomaas Valley
Worst- It’s hard to have a bad day on the river! Worst would probably be a long day on an empty Vaal after a long night in Parys with the one and only Ryan Rodda
Goals for the Club: I’m keen to support Sarah in making our Club an even more welcoming place to all paddlers and building on the great work that has been done by those before us. I’m also keen to get more of our juniors onto the rivers

We have a wonderful community at Dabs and I love the gees amongst our members. We owe it to ourselves to all get involved  in order to keep it that way!

The rest of the committee can be found here, but you can ask them their life stories in your own time. If you so wish, and you’re not just trying to be polite.
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Hooray for the ‘vlei

Dabs’s flagship Liebenbergsvlei race will be going ahead!

Date Saturday the 22nd November 2020.
In order to meet the Covid Compliancy Regulations the race will be One Day Only this year – A great celebration of river paddling.
Great Sponsorship from Standard Bank, Great fresh water from the Katse Dam (Joburgers will be drinking it later), currently running at 22 cumecs.
Save The Date Now: Saturday 22nd November 2020.
Watch this space for more information.
 
Dabs clean up

In life, you get out what you put in. In this case, you get out what other people put in. 
Please help with the dam clean up on the 4th of October after time trial.

School children can receive community service hours for their participation in this.  We will have a bring and braai afterwards and there will be a water slide (and a beer fountain) for family fun. Except without the beer fountain.

There will however be a coffee truck, promise.
Advertising on Facebook

And finally, remember this.
You are welcome to advertise your businesses on our DABS facebook page.

And our members will support these businesses.

Won’t you, members?