on the banks of Camps Drift in the heart of
Pietermaritzburg, Natal Canoe Club is one of the oldest and proudest
canoe clubs in South Africa.
The host of the annual The Dusi Canoe Marathon as well as
a number of other prominent races, the club has produced numerous
internationals, some world champions and generation after generation
elite paddlers that have become the benchmark for marathon
The weekly club time trial on Thursday evenings is open to all paddlers. Hattingh flies the flag for NCC at U23 Worlds Natal Canoe Club's Louis Hattingh was a star performer for South
Africa at the ICF Junior and Under-23 Canoe Sprint World
Championships in Szeged, Hungary, in July. As one of the leading
lights of an emerging generation of South African sprinters, he
has set his sights on competing in the 2020 Olympics, but has
indicated he will also turn his hand to marathon competition.
The Maritzburg College schoolboy missed out on the under-18
A-Final in Szeged by a tiny margin, which left him with mixed
emotions. "I was disappointed, but also encouraged," Hattingh
Stellar Sella for NCC paddlers
Natal Canoe Club paddlers made
a big impact at the recent Sella Descent in Spain, with Abby
Adie teaming up with Laura O'Donaghue to become the first South
African women to win the prestigious race, while Andy Birkett
and his partner Greg Louw combined for an impressive third place
in the men's race. Read more...