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South African Canoe Marathon Championships Set for June 14-16, 2024 at Roodeplaat Dam

Roodeplaat Dam, Gauteng – A selection of South Africa’s world-beating canoeists will gather at Roodeplaat Dam on June 14-16 to compete for national titles as well as places in the SA team to compete at the World Championships later this year.

2024 Olympic team members, two time world champion Andy Birkett and former U23 World Champion Hamish Lovemore, as well as 11-time World Champion Hank McGregor, headline the entry list for the three-day South African Canoe Marathon Championships at Roodeplaat Dam.

The trio of former world champions will be joining the country’s leading men and women paddlers aiming for selection to the South African team to compete in the 2024 World Championships which are scheduled to be held in Metkovic in Croatia in September.

Current junior women’s world champions Holly Smith and Georgia Singe headline the women’s entries and they are expected to be joined by former world championship medalists Christie Mackenzie and Saskia Hockly.

The championships will cater for all age groups from the under 8s in the Guppy classes up to the masters and grand masters in K1s and K2s. 

The championships will cater for junior K1 and elite short course racing on Friday, June 14th. Elite and senior age group competitors will compete in K1s over full marathon distances on Saturday along with the junior K2s. Sunday will see the K2 elite racing and senior age groups.

Organised by the Gauteng Canoe Union and Dabulamanzi Canoe Club, with sponsorship from Euro Steel, Bamboo Warehouse, and Stroke2Max, the event is set to attract a significant audience and will also feature live streaming via SuperSport’s online channels.

Euro Steel, a leading distributor of corrosion-resistant metals, is proud to support this event. Euro Steel specialises in stainless steel, duplex stainless grades, and aluminium products, providing high-quality solutions across various industries.

Athletes wishing to register can find all necessary information on the Canoe SA web portal at https://paddler.canoesa.com/.

For more information, media inquiries, and accreditation, please contact the event organisers directly: Contact: Organisers: MJ Robb and Rob Crichton Email: mjrobb7@gmail.com / robcrichton@gmail.com