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Bronze medallist Bridgitte’s plans for 2013

While the corporate world winds down for the festive season our Olympic bronze medal-winning canoeist is winding herself up for 2013 already, writes Mark Etheridge.

“I’m in Pietermaritzburg for a week now, training with some of the paddlers doing Dusi Marathon early next year,” she told Road to Rio 2016 this week.

“I’m also quite excited to have a Portuguese girls, Teresa Portelo, join me for three weeks training here in SA in December.”

Portelo, 25, won bronze in the K4 200-metre event at the 2009 Sprint World Championships in Dartmouth and the following year won gold in the K1 500m World Cup at Szeged, Hungary.

“I’ll fetch Teresa on 2 December and then go home to Richards Bay for a week then back to Maritzburg for another two weeks training as well as coaching some young girls.”

Portelo won’t be Hartley’s only international company. “I’ll also have a friend from Sweden joining me at the end of January.”

She’s been out on the water in ‘fun’ competition in recent months as well. “I did the Fish River Marathon and was part of the winning K3 combination and then did Vaal (sixth overall in a mixed double with Andy Birkett) and then did the Ozzie Gladwin in a K1 and ended second.”

Her main focus will come midway through 2013. “My first big races are the World Cup in May in Europe and there are also selection trials here in SA and then World Championships are in Duisberg, Germany in August.”

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