Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
EADP stars shine at marathon
Durban - The recently hosted ICF Canoe Marathon World
Championships in Pietermaritzburg was a success on more than one
front as the Elite Athlete Development Programme athletes
accounted for six of the eight medals won by Team South Africa
over the four days of racing last week.
The event was always going to put defending men's K1 and K2
champion Hank McGregor in the spotlight and the veteran did not
disappoint, retaining both the singles title and doubles title
with Jasper Mocké for a third time in four years.
Andy Birkett was also impressive in his performances as he too
grabbed two podium spots in the senior men's K1 and K2. He
paddled to a second successive silver medal in the K1 race and
took home bronze in the men's K2 with Michaelhouse schoolboy
Jean van der Westhuyzen.
The brave challenge from the senior and under 23 women was
strong, even if it didn’t yield a medal for Bridgitte Hartley
and Kyeta Purchase in their respective K1 races.
The South African junior K1 men's and women's divisions were
very impressive with young Alex Masina and Christie Mackenzie
both bagging richly deserving bronze medals.
"I must admit, it still hasn't quite sunk in yet!" Alex Masina
"Every night I lie there and keep on rethinking it and smiling
at what happened.
"But with that said, now that the event is over and I have won a
medal I want to work harder and get better for next year.
"I have the motivation to keep on improving and with the help of
the Natal Canoe Club and the EADP I can continue to get better."
It has been a busy year for Masina, who was also involved in the
South African team that took part in the ICF Junior and Under 23
Sprint World Championships in Romania where he took part in the
Under 18 boys 500m and 1000m races.
Masina, who was raised in Daveyton, is now based at Natal Canoe
Club and utilises one of the Elite Athlete Development
Programme's satellite stations at the clubhouse. Having his
training facility so close to his school, Maritzburg Christian
School, is something he appreciates.
"To have a training base that has all I need is such a bonus. It
means that I can concentrate on training hard and racing hard
and everything else is taken care of.
"I appreciate all of the hard work that the EADP and NCC have
put into getting me fit and strong as well as ready for all of
"To be able to relax and know that everything is looked after
means that I can focus completely on being race ready and at my
peak," a grateful Masina added.
Dennis Jackson, Prime's High Performance Director, was quick to
praise all of the paddlers that represented South Africa and the
"We are immensely proud of the EADP results this past weekend,"
"Picking up six world championship medals is the best haul at
the Championships that the EADP paddlers have received in the
four years that the program has run.
"Hank’s continued domination of the sport is an amazing feat and
shows what can be achieved with training and determination over
a prolonged period.
"Also very encouraging were the youngsters that have come
through with medals (Christie and Alex) as well as Kyeta who
placed seventh U23 with still three years remaining in that age
"Andy also showed that he too will one day take the top step of
the podium. This shows that the future is looking bright for
paddling in SA and particularly in KZN.
"Well done to all the athletes and to the dedicated coaches for
such amazing results," he concluded.
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One of the stars of
the show! Elite Athlete Development Programme's Alex Masina
provided one of the highlights of the week when he won bronze in
the junior men's K1 race at the ICF Canoe Marathon World
Championships in his hometown of Pietermaritzburg last week.
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