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More international honours for mighty McGregor
- Updated: May 11, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
South African sport, and canoeing in particular, received yet another international accolade at the weekend when paddling legend Hank McGregor was named 2014 Sportsman of the Year at the World Paddle Awards.
The award (one of seven different categories) was made in Augsburg , Germany.
Fittingly, the awards were made at the Golden Hall venue, just metres away from the Eiskanal, used for the canoe slalom event at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
Durban-based McGregor was a double world canoe marathon champion in Oklahoma City, US last year.
His award was presented by Olympic champion Birgit Fischer after he claimed 56.53% of the overall voting, garnered from both the academy and the public vote.
‘Thanks to the Academy, it’s a true honour to receive this from Birgit Fischer who is an absolute legend in our sport,’ McGregor said after his award.
‘When it comes to paddling and being successful in your sport it comes from your support group; my mother is here, my father is my coach. All the people who voted for me back home, without you I wouldn’t be here. Paddling is more than just a sport, it is my way of life. Thank you.’
Celebrating McGregor’s latest achievement, Canoeing South Africa (CSA) secretary-general Colin Simpkins said: ‘This is a massive honour for our country, especially considering that Hank was chosen above all other paddlers in the world, including all Olympic gold medalists.’