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Top paddlers brace themselves for the Breede

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With the last ripples barely having settled on Camps Drift after the ICF World Marathon Championships in Pietermaritzburg, a sizeable number of local and overseas athletes now head south for the 50th edition of the Breede River Canoe Marathon this weekend.

The race takes part between Robertson and Swellendam in the Western Cape on Saturday and Sunday.

Cape female pacesetter Liz Hart, who raced several races in the Masters Cup, will be teaming up with Danish masters paddler Pernille Stenum.

Australian Mike Leverett, who won the gold medal in the Sub Masters K1 category, will also be on the start line, teaming up with Brett Brauteseth.

Throw into that mix several local racers who have returned from the cauldron of Camps Drift, and the racing is sure to be highly competitive.

Women’s K2 masters gold medal winners, Kim Peek and Marion Young, have also entered, as have their male counterparts Rob McLean and Andre Hawarden, the silver medallists in the Sub Great Grandmasters K2 race.

Interestingly, another successful former world champs title contender, Simon van Gysen, has also entered.

The professional scuba diver is back home from his contract travels abroad and has entered the race in a K1.

Picture of Young (left) and Peek courtesy of Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media


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