Durban – Up and coming slalom paddlers Don Wewege and Brandon Orpwood have made history by becoming the first South African paddlers to race into the semi-finals of the ICF Junior and Under 23 World Championships.
Paddling on the demanding 300m long manmade Olympic course at Penrith outside Sydney in Australia, Wewege from UKZN in Pietermaritzburg finished 36th in the Men’s K1 U23 and Orpwood from Maritzburg College finished 34th in Junior Men K1.
Unusually, Wewege will be back on the water later in the week attempting to paddle into the men’s C1 semi-finals well.“It is a little easier to get into the C1 (kneeling class kayak) semi-finals but it is all about getting as much time and experience on the water during big international competitions,” said Wewege.
“The course is a tough one, with some very unique technical features that will be game breakers on race day,” said Wewege.
Both athletes are part of the International Canoe Federation’s Talent Identification program and are provided with some of the worlds’ best coaches while in Australia to help them achieve high results.
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