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.