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Hartley’s still on a high

By Mark Etheridge

Top ranked canoeist Bridgitte Hartley was flooded with well wishes after her recent World Cup and local successes.

Now she’s having to deal with flooding of another kind. Back in Hungary and hard at training for the upcoming world sprint championships in Halifax, Canada, Hartley has to contend with a flooded river.

“The River Danube is flooding. It runs through many countries in Europe and Hungary is one of them. There’s a main street on either side of the river and both of them are closed, covered in water.

“Luckily we paddle on a section of the river where there is a lock, so thanks to that, the training area is fine. They had to drop the water level a bit where we paddle.”

Training wise, Hartley, who is ranked as the world’s top sprint kayaker after her World Cup success and came back to win the SA marathon championships in Plettenburg Bay last month, is going well.

“I’m very happy to be back into a mode where I can fully focus on training and resting and also great to be back with Nandor my coach and a big training group. The weather is great, nice and warm and the days are so long, with the sun only setting after 9pm, really nice.”


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