- Blitzboks blast past Kiwis to reach Dubai semi-finals
- Van Niekerk pays tribute to triumphant Bolt
- Banyana dominate but go down to Ghana in playoff
- Blitzboks bag three wins in Dubai
- International honours for Olympic coach Barrow
- Hall of Fame honours for SA legend Sally Little
- Blitzboks off to a great start with Ugandan whitewash
- Banyana going all out to bag bronze in Cameroon
- Powell opts for experience at Dubai Sevens
- First IGT Tour win for Arnoldi at Centurion
Hartley cuts her losses after sickness setback
- Updated: April 27, 2013
Olympic bronze medal-winning canoeist Bridgitte Hartley is on the road to recovery after battling a bout of chicken pox, writes Mark Etheridge
Hartley discovered midway through April that she’d picked up the virus and had take an enforced break from training ÔÇô at a particularly vital period of training for the World Cup events in Europe.
Bottom line is that our K1 racer has had to reschedule her competition schedule for the year.
“I’m getting better but have really felt terrible and extremely sore,” she told Road to Rio 2016.
“Its been a tough decision for me to race the World Cups now or not as they kick off on 10 May. However I’ve missed a lot of training and need to focus on World Champs. So I decided to skip two of the three World Cups as they are so soon and rather stay in SA now ÔÇô trying to get a routine of training to build up to race the third and last World Cup at the end of May.”
Hartley will thus miss World Cup I in Szeged, Hungary and Racice, Czech Republic and hopefully be ready to pick things up in Poznan, Poland for the final World Cup.
“I don’t want to rush back in after having the chicken pox virus, I would not wish it upon anyone to get it as an adult, its terrible.
“But my spirits are up again and I’m happy to be slowly getting back into my boat.”
This year’s World Sprint Championships are in Duisberg, Germany on 27 August.