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McGregor suspended for 12 months

Leading canoeist Hank McGregor has been handed a 12-month suspension after having been found guilty of hitting a fellow paddler after the Umkomaas Marathon in KwaZulu-Natal in March.

Canoeing South Africa confirmed that a disciplinary committee found McGregor guilty of physically attacking Jacques Theron by hitting him with his fists.

McGregor, a former world surf-ski champion, pleaded guilty to the charge and the CSA Board suspended him from canoeing for a period of 12 months from the date of the incident. Six months of the suspension is suspended on condition that McGregor enrols for and satisfactorily completes an anger management course to the satisfaction of CSA.

CSA president Naas Fischer said in a statement: “Hank now has the right to appeal against this sentence and if he proceeds with such an appeal, the matter will be heard by three persons, all of whom have to have a legal background.┬á They can then reduce or increase the punishment meted out to Hank, and their decision will be final.”

McGregor has confirmed that he plans to appeal the sentence and was being represented by attorney and former top paddler Ant Rowan.

Fischer concluded by saying: “We will continue to administer the sport to the benefit of the canoeists whom we serve and in doing so will be completely transparent and open.”


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