Date of Birth: 12/07/1984 South Africa.
Club: Natal University Canoe Club
Home Town: Pietermaritzburg
Age Begun canoeing: 15years old (2000)
Favourite Training Venue? Nagal Dam
What Made you decide flatwater was the sport you wanted to do?
The first time I did a sprint event was at the 2000 junior school nationals,
I won all the events and loved the sport...
Preferred Racing Distance?
200m! I enjoy 500m, but not as much as the 200m as 200s take more natural
tallent than any other sprint event...
Favourite Training Session?
15 by 1 minute
10 by 100m
Favourite Training camp Location?
Nagle Dam (South Africa), the most beautiful sprint site in the world
Why do you enjoy canoeing so much?
I enjoy competing, canoeing lets me be free and allows me to relie on
What is the current situation with Canoe Kayak in South Africa?
Its growing extremly fast! We have a huge base of very fast juniors crossing
over into seniors soon, so the rest of the world must watch out :)
Do you have any pre race ritual ..which brings you luck?
I rub the water of the course between my hands and smell it (Like on Gladiator)
What makes you different from other paddlers in South Africa?
I am very young compared to everyone else.
What equipment do you use?
Plastex Athena and Bracsa 4 blades
What does your typical day consist of?
I wake up at 7.30, I have my breakfast, the first traning session starts
at 8.and It ends at about 11.00, then I go to University and do work/sleep.
Then I have a to go to the next training session, which begins at 15.00.
it ends about 5:30. After this I play Canoe polo, it helps with my starts,
this ends at 8.. In the nite I spend my time with my girlfriend.
Do you have any other interests other than kayak?
Clubbing and Surfing.
What is you favourite distance (K1-2-4, 200, 500, 1000)?
200m K1, K2 and K4.
What are you studying?
I study at the University of Kwazulu Natal. I am doing Advertising, Marketing
How do you feel about your overall performance this year?
Winning the South African Sprint Champs in the 200m event was AWESOME,
so im happy about the year.
What do you wish to improve upon for next year?
Need to increase fittness levels, put on more strength.
What do you feel is the most important part of your race?
Getting out ahead at the start, it psychologically sets you up for a win.
Who coaches you?
2000: Nandor Almasi
2001: Len Jenkins
2002-2003: Lee McGregor
2004: Attila Adrovicz
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