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Hartley cuts her losses after sickness setback

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.


2 comments
Lerato
Lerato

Sometimes illness is just the body telling us to take it easy. Watch her come back stronger!

Willie Uys
Willie Uys

Wishing Bridgitte everything of the best and a soon return to full health and fitness. As one of the XIX World Transplant Games 2013 official Sports Ambassadors, we watch her progress with great interest. Good luck Brigitte.