Six-time world champion and Euro Steel/Kayak Centre star Hank McGregor will lead the South African charge in the Canoe Marathon World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany, from September 16 to 18.
Two-time U23 K1 bronze medallist Euro Steel’s Jenna Ward is also in the team as they compete against the world’s best.
Euro Steel’s Andy Birkett has hit a good patch of form in the K1, taking the honours at the recent Canoe Marathon World Cup leg in Portugal that featured several top marathon paddlers.
However, he isn’t placing too much significance in that result.
“We were missing the Spaniards at the World Cup as well as Hank (McGregor), so it wasn’t as competitive as the World Champs is going to be. But I was happy with the result,” said Birkett.
In Sunday’s K2 race, Birkett will team up with fellow Pietermaritzburg ace and 2014 U18 K2 gold medallist Louis Hattingh and he believes they have what it takes to put in a solid performance.
“Louis and I sit well in the boat which is a good start, and we have had some good sessions in the K2.”
The other women taking part in the world championships are SA marathon champion Nikki Russell and 2016 Berg River Canoe Marathon champion Bianca Beavitt.
View the full team and schedule here.