A new award at the Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon will honour the memory of popular canoeist and former Olympian Alick Rennie who passed away last month.
The Alick Rennie Fellowship Award will be presented to a participant who demonstrates exceptional bravery or sportsmanship during the race, and will, appropriately, consist of a handcrafted trophy made from one of Rennie’s slalom paddle blades.
Rennie, an engineer based in Pietermaritzburg who also ran their family farm outside Underberg, was killed in a light aeroplane crash in December.
“Alick was a hugely popular character in both the Underberg community and the canoeing community, and shared our passion for this race,” said N3TC Drak Challenge race committee head Barry Cole.
“Everyone who knew Alick as a paddler understood that he was a fierce competitor and exceptionally talented, but more than anything he was a good sportsman and very generous with his time and advice. He would never tolerate winning at all costs,” said Cole.
“It is fitting that we set out to honour any participant in the race who shows the same sort of sporting characteristics with this very prestigious award.”
The N3TC Drak Challenge 2014 starts on January 18 at Castleburn outside Underberg and finishes on January 19 at Hopewell Farm close to Coleford. More information can be found here.
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