DURBAN - The 2019 South African Schools Sprint Championships, the country’s largest sprint canoeing regatta, as well as the newly formed SA Sprint Cup will come under the spotlight this weekend when the Buffalo River Rowing Club plays host to the nation’s best sprint paddlers.
There is huge importance for paddlers taking part this weekend as both the SA Cup and the SA Schools Championships will double up as a trial for a spot on the national team that will represent the country during the international sprint season.
From a senior perspective the SA Cup this weekend and the second one next weekend will help in selecting paddlers that will take part in the ICF World Cup circuit in Europe and the ultimately go to the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary in August.
The juniors on the other hand will be fighting it out for a spot on the national team that will do duty at the ICF Junior and Under 23 Sprint World Championships in Pitesti, Romania at the beginning of August.
In the junior section Jordy Malherbe will be the man to beat after a brilliant Junior World Championships last year that saw him make it into the B finals - narrowly missing the A finals. He will be chased down by 2018 world Marathon Championships paddler Uli Hart.
In the junior girls section Jackie van der Westhuyzen is also another Junior World Championship paddler from 2018 and will be the lady to watch.