Canoeing South Africa
26 July 2017
Written by: Nick Tatham
Under 23 & Junior sprinters geared up for Worlds
Durban - Building on their strong performances in 2016, the six athletes in
the South African Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint team are in Romania
preparing for the ICF Junior & Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships
that kick off on Thursday until Sunday.
The South African team at the 2016 world championships managed to bag one
medal but qualified for four finals with Jean van der Westhuyzen winning the
bronze in the Under 18 Boys 1000m.
The other finalists were Louis Hattingh, who made it to the Under 23 Men
1000m final and Donna Hutton who qualified for two finals, the Under 18
girls 200m and 500m finals.
With the absence of Van der Westhuyzen, who is focusing on marathon paddling
with the world championships next month, and Hattingh who has been ruled him
out of paddling for the remainder of the year following an unfortunate wood
“It's terrible about Louis (Hattingh) and it's a huge lose to the team but
the current standard of our other athletes such as Jarryd Gibson, Stuart
Bristow, David Rodrigues and Donna Hutton is extremely high and I am
positive they will step up to the plate and deliver some brilliant results,”
Mustard said from their base in Pitesti.
“In a first for the team Donna Hutton has been elected as the new team
“Donna has had brilliant international performances since 2014 so this is
the reason she is the best option as the new team captain after Louis could
not make this year’s tour.”
Despite the lack of two of their top performers in 2016, Mustard understands
that this year’s championships can be seen as building phase with some
strong first-time paddlers getting a shot at competing at the highest level.
“Going into this year we knew it was going to be a transition year for this
team with a lot of the members moving up from u18s into u23s. Also this
year, Under 18 stars Alex Masina and Seth Joubert will be making their
‘It's becoming a constant trend that the juniors each year are improving and
with the likes of Alex Masina and Seth Joubert making the debut appearance
is really exciting and looking towards 2020 on how they will use this
valuable experience to add to their long term goals.”
The young Alex Masina recently moved down to Pietermaritzburg to further his
training and racing career and feels that the move has helped him achieve
his dream of competing internationally.
“It's been my goal forever to race internationally and I promised myself
that one year I would do it's so it's unbelievable I did it in my last year
as a junior,” Masina mentioned.
“All my coaches have put a lot of work into me since moving to
Pietermaritzburg and the HP Training team have helped me achieve this.
“I am really grateful for everyone’s hard work and support they have shown
and I hope I don't let them down,” he added.
More information can be found at
South African Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships Team:
David Rodrigues u23 K1 200m, Seth Joubert u18 K1 200m, Alex Masina u18 K1
500 and 1000m, Stuart Bristow u23 K1 500m and K2 1000m, Jarryd Gibson u23 k2
1000m, Donna Hutton u23 K1 500/200m.
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The South African Junior and
U23 Canoe Sprint World Championship team for the World Championships in
Pitesti, Romania (from left): David Rodrigues u23 K1 200m, Seth Joubert
u18 K1 200m, Alex Masina u18 K1 500 and 1000m, Stuart Bristow u23 K1
500m and K2 1000m, Jarryd Gibson u23 k2 1000m, Donna Hutton u23 K1
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