At the KNCU Awards dinner evening, the following awards were made for the 2016 season.
U16 KwaZulu-Natal Colours
U18 KwaZulu-Natal Colours
U23 KwaZulu-Natal Colours
Senior KwaZulu-Natal Colours
Protea Colours for MARATHON: World Marathon Championships – Brandenburg, Germany (2015)
SPRINTS: Junior & U23 World Sprint Championships - Minsk, Belarus
Jarryd Gibson (Junior)
Louis Hattingh (U23)
SPRINTS: World Senior Sprint Championships – Milan, Italy
SPRINTS: African Championships, Shongweni Dam, South Africa
Hamish MacKenzie was awarded the U16 Paddler of the year.
The SA Schools Canoe Sprints Championships were held at Buffelsjag Dam outside Swellendam in the Western Cape. Over 40 schools competed in difficult conditions over the last three days in April.
From the outset the wind played a vital role and on the first day gusts of up to 40 km/h were creating havoc with the unstable sprint kayaks. Many capsized and at one point the racing was delayed for 3 hours until the wind died down. This wind continued into the second day and only settled down on the morning of the third day. The event finished off with perfect paddling conditions.
The trip down to Swellendam was staggered so that the driver did not get too tired and a stop over in East London was a popular move where the boys tried their hand at surfing in the icy waters of Nahoon. Our destination the next day was Swellendam where we stayed over in the stunning Bontebok National Park for the duration of the championships.
Racing began in ernest and although the boys were a little disappointed in their individual results, as a team they were extremely dominant. I also received a lot of compliments on the manner in which the boys carried themselves, they were a credit to College.
The most outstanding race of the event was the boys long distance 5000m K2 sprints. The U18 group was sent off 30 seconds ahead of the U16's who in turn was sent off 30 seconds ahead of the U14's. The race was a tussle between the two strongest U18 K2 boats, College and Paarl Boys. Everyone was so focused on these two boats that they did not notice the U16 team of Hamish MacKenzie and Dave Evans make up that 30 second gap until the last lap. They had caught the two U18 boats with still 500m to go and then visibly "tapped off" as they were worried that they may be seen as interfering and thus may be disqualified, although the race officials agreed that as they were going past the leaders, this would not have been the case. In the end the U16 team of College beat all the other teams and was 20 seconds ahead of the second placed team of Paarl Boys (U18) and College's U18 team of Stewart Little and Josh Giddings who placed a very close third.
Individual results are as follows:
Stewart Little: Silver medals in the K2 and K1 5000m long distance, bronze in the K1 1000m sprints
Joshua Giddings: Bronze in the K2 500m sprints and K2 1000m sprints
Hamish MacKenzie: Gold in the K2 5000m long distance, silver in the K1 200m and 500m, silver in the K2 1000m and 500m sprints and K1 5000m sprints, bronze in the 1000m K1 sprints and K2 200m sprints.
David Evans: Gold in the K2 5000m long distance, silver in the 500m and 1000m K2 sprints, bronze in the K2 200m sprints and K1 5000m sprints.
Stewart Little came 2nd overall in the U18's and Hamish MacKenzie came 2nd overall in the U16.
In the U18 age group Stewart Little placed second overall and Hamish MacKenzie placed second overall in the U16 age group, losing out on first place by a mere 1 point in the final race.
In the final analysis College took the Senior Boys School Trophy for the 4th time running and for the 13th time in the the 18 year history of the SA Schools Championship event establishing Maritzburg College as undisputedly the most successful canoeing school in South Africa.
Form 4 Business Studies classes were involved in designing 3D models of the 3 business environments.
This task was aimed at indicating the inter-relatedness between the micro, market and macro environment.
Pictured below are Thomas Cheatle (left) and Josh Cooke (right) with their models.
Dr Vishen Naidoo popped in for a quick visit this week when he fetched his younger brother (form 2) from school. Vishen, Blake Lawrence and Yashvir Rugbeer (group photo) graduated together from Wits University.
Wasim Mahomed, Nsizi Ndlovu and Lungelo (Bob) Chonco have also graduated and all 6 are currently serving their internships - Vishen and Yashvir at Grey's and Lungelo at King Edward Hospital.