22 August 2018
What a busy period it is right now for Canoeing South Africa.
As you read this, our National Sprint Team comprising of Chrisjan Coetzee, Mike Arthur, David Rodrigues, Nick Weeks, Hamish Lovemore, Cameron Hudson, Esti Van Tonder, Kayla de Beer and Bridgitte Hartley are in Portugal ready for Sprint World Champs. We send our best wishes to each of them and please follow CSA social media pages for live streaming details as well as updates of heats/semis and finals. Go Team SA!
In another part of Europe, our U21 Canoe Polo teams are in Belgium as they embark on their journey working towards the World Championships in Rome 2020. Great planning and teamwork by the Polo Committee looking forwards and building up the youngsters. Development tours such as these are invaluable and we are positive that the ground work being done now will have a positive outlook for Polo. Thank you to everyone involved in making this tour happen.
The marathon container is in Portugal and on its way to the venue for Worldâ€™s which means that World Marathon Champs is upon us. Loads of our Masters and National team are first racing the Nelo Summer Challenge and then will swop their Surfskiâ€™s for their marathon boats.
Local river races are in full swing throughout the country and it is fantastic to see the amount of novices on the water each week, welcome to our sport. On that note, we need to stop and thank the handful of paddlers who conduct river proficiencies around the country. These safety officers are often the first people that novices are introduced to and all credit to them for ensuring newcomers safety and assisting in getting them proficient. At this point a big thank you to all the seconds out there as well, you are an integral part of any river race or trip.
Development wise if you follow our social media, you will notice a huge drive at the moment regarding swimming proficiency. CSA has strengthened safety initiatives and we are actively involved in assisting our young paddlers with the vital life skill of water safety. Development registrations are now centralised through CSA, this has proven to be challenging but the results are positive as we ensure all programmes throughout the country run smoothly and efficiently as we get ready for the new administration system next year.
On that note, the coding and product development with regards to the DotCloud system, is quietly going ahead in the background as more and more role players are invited to have their input. This is a massive game changer for CSA and it is important we leave no stone unturned in this critical stage.
Once again I would like to draw your attention to the following: No UNREGISTERED paddler is permitted to take part in any CSA sanctioned event, so any event on the CSA calendar. Please do not argue with race organisers or timekeepers, this is a directive from CSA and not their decision to make or amend. If you want to race then register, if you want to do club time trials etc. then there is the option of the CSA social membership. Talk to your club and find the solution that works for you.
For those trying to get their Fish qualifier points done, enjoy the qualifying races and we look forward to seeing you all on the start at Grassridge Dam early October. To our National Teams, your country is behind you.
Take care, happy paddling.