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THE In­ter­na­tional Paralympic Com­mit­tee has se­lected ca­noe­ing as one of the new sports to be added to the 2016 pro­gramme in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Af­ter two years of hard cam­paign­ing and the re­sult­ing rapid ad­vance­ment of the sport, Para­ca­noe is now very much on the in­ter­na­tional sport­ing agenda and with IPC sup­port, this growth is set to con­tinue.

Mak­ing it into the Paralympic pro­gramme was the ul­ti­mate goal of the ICF’s Ca­noe­ing For All Com­mit­tee.

John Ed­wards, chair of the com­mit­tee, stated: “The ICF has pulled off a mi­nor mir­a­cle by achiev­ing this re­sult in such a short time. Twenty-eight fed­er­a­tions from all Five conti- nents par­tic­i­pated in the 2010 ICF Ca­noe Sprint World Cham­pi­onships in Poz­nan.”

Para­ca­noe­ing made its first ap­pear­ance at an ICF event at the 2009 ICF Ca­noe Sprint World Cham­pi­onships in Canada. The rapid growth in par­tic­i­pa­tion in­di­cates pre­ex­ist­ing pop­u­lar­ity of ca­noe­ing for per­sons with a dis­abil­ity. avenge the de­feat in the clas­sic luge, meet­ing Sweige­laar, El­liot and Glen Phillips. He again hit the front early but this time kept his lines clean on the cor­ners to en­sure vic­tory.

It was again two South Africans ver­sus two in­ter­na­tion­als in the open skate­board fi­nals, Mike Zi­ets­man and An­ton Pratt tack­ling Mischo Er­ban (Canada) and Ra­mon Konigshausen (Switzer­land).

Zi­ets­man made a pow­er­ful start to hit the front early with Konigshausen in close at­ten­dance. The or­der had closed as they ap­proached the crit­i­cal ba­boon’s Bend, with Pratt at the back.

The front trio swept in to the fi­nal straight as one and Zi­ets­man man­aged to eke the ex­tra speed needed to clinch vic­tory, Konigshausen just man­ag­ing to pip Er­ban for sec­ond.

The ju­nior skate­board fi­nal was won by Mer­rick Wald­ish from Aus­tralia, who held off Sam Jakins and Alyosha Diebold. Fair Cape win­ner Nick Hook un­for­tu­nately took on a hay bale, fin­ish­ing fourth.

Naude’s win and sec­ond clinched the No 1 na­tional rank­ing for him in the two luge classes. mer Se­ries, his 22-year-old son hit the front with 600 me­tres to go in the men’s mile and pulled away to win by more than three sec­onds from 800m spe­cial­ist Samson Ngoepe.

In the ab­sence of Tshamano Se­tone, who won the mile event in the first three meet­ings of the se­ries, poor con­di­tions again played havoc. Strong winds put paid to any hopes for the first sub-four minute mile by a South African on lo­cal soil in five years, de­spite the ef­forts of four pace­mak­ers.

Brummer’s ex­tended kick took the sting out of Ngoepe’s fin­ish and he coasted clear to win in 4:07.91 with Ngoepe sec­ond in 4:11.12.

“I knew that guys like Samson Ngoepe and Jac­ques Pre­to­rius have very strong kick fin­ishes, so I had to time my race to per­fec­tion,” Brummer said.

Hur­dler Cor­nel Fred­er­icks was named the men’s Ath­lete of the Se­ries af­ter se­cur­ing vic­tory at all four meet­ings. In Parow he was again too strong for the op­po­si­tion, set­ting a meet­ing record of 35.15 sec­onds in the 300m hur­dles race.

Sprinter Cindy Ste­wart se­cured the women’s Ath­lete of the Se­ries award af­ter an­other dou­ble in Parow, claim­ing the lau­rels in both the 60m and 150m, clock­ing 7.45 and 17.85 re­spec­tively.

Leigh Julius won the men’s 60m sprint in 6.81 ahead of Ser­gio Mullins who clocked 6.92. The roles were re­versed in the 150m with Mullins win­ning in 15.63 ahead of Julius (15.70). and cap­tains the Kasper­sky South­ern Gaut­eng hockey team. She made her South African de­but at the age of 18.

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