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DON WEWEGE

African Slalom Champion, 5xNational Slalom Champion

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End of a Successful river season

Author: Don Wewege

After changing my focus towards flat water marathons, the 2015/16 river season was one of my better seasons! A lot of very important lessons learnt and some really good results! The highlights were definitely the Umkomaas marathon. I raced with mate and former Dusi partner, Kevin Musgrave for our first umko as a combination!

Kev and I in full flight. Photo: Rinet Engelbrecht

We raced a very good race tactically and after a tough day 1 we were lying in 6th place overall. Day 1 is more of a flat day by umko standards! Our strength was in Day 2 on the rapids Number 1 to 7! This is normally used as a rafting stretch! We were 2 min off 4th and 5th at the start of the day and after a very lucky eskimo roll in our K2 down Number 1, we passed Lee Furby and Grant Van Der Walt who had swum! We set out sites on the Gauteng crew of Mark Perrow and Piers Crukshanks and slowly caught them in every rapid! at 5&6 they spun around and we pounced, getting onto their wave. From there it was a neck and neck tussel to the finish! We finished in 5th after Mark and Piers manage to get away in the closing kms!This was up their with one of my best Umko results and Im really happy with how it went!

Photo:Rinet Engelbrecht

The Dusi Canoe marathon is always a big event on the river calendar and this year I teamed up with local Martizburg paddler Wandile Luthli. We were very kindly sponsored a top of the range Reagle K2 from Popes Canoe Center by NCC and the KZN Dept. of Sport!

Chasing hard around Burma Road Portage

Our race went really well! We raced out of our skins on day 1 to finish in 36th position overall on a runners day. Day 2 was where we really kicked into gear as we paddled our way into 27th position! Water levels on day 2 were quite low which really helped us to catch boats. Day 3 was an average day for us as we opted to go around the mighty Burma road portage. Ultimately it was about the same speed but our bodies were really tired after a super tough paddle on the dam with gale force winds making it more like an Umko stage than a paddle across a dam! Our final position was 28th and we were both really happy with how it went!

Next up is the Marathon test events and then KZN Marathon champs, all at Camps Drift. With my goal of making the marathon team to Worlds at the SA Champs in June coming up, now is the time to really get serious! The Easter break is being spent in Prime HPI's world class altitude room as I look to get some extra endurance!

As always, a massive thank you to all my sponsors who help me achieve my goals!

New Website Launched!

Author: Don Wewege

I am very proud to announce that my new website, www.donwewege.com, is now online! A new season warrants new changes and a new website was in order! A totally revamped site with new features, new background setup and a funky new design! I am still building and improving the site everyday and I am really looking for your thoughts on the site! Dont be shy! Lay it out!

I am also proud to announce that I have launched my new company, Wedge Development. Specializing in web design and development, I am looking to use the perfectionism and hard-working ethics I stand by to help bring the best possible package to customers. You can access the Wedge Development website here!

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Till next time!

Don



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