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The Paarl Club Development Programme in conjunction with Oasis NPC uses canoeing as a tool to teach young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the importance of discipline, hard work and determination. As part of a greater team, whilst still being an individual sport, paddlers learn the importance of applying their physical strength, mental agility, and endurance as they compete in races.

The Paarl development programme currently has 30 young paddlers on the water every day.

Through the paddling community we are aiming to raise funds through OASIS for membership fees and for 14 members to be able to race in the upcoming Berg Marathon.

“I’ve been paddling for 20 years now, and I’ve competed in 12 Berg River marathons. Each year presents its challenges, and each year I enjoy navigating them and learning and gaining more experience. It’s never easy. The challenge motivates me to keep going and do better. I am grateful to be able to compete and to have gotten my start at the development club,” says Niklas Tiras.

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The Paarl Canoe Development Program was established in 1997 by a Paarl Canoe Club member – Robin Graves. His dream was to give paddlers ( including children, youth and young adults) from disadvantaged areas access to canoeing as a sport and at the same time develop new, young talent for the sport. The aim was to promote canoeing as a school sport amongst learners from the surrounding Primary and High schools in Paarl and the surrounding Drakenstein area.

Wayne August is the head coach at the Paarl Canoe Club and also the coach and coordinator of the Paarl Canoe Club Development Program since 2003. Wayne started paddling in 2001 after being inspired by young people in his community that joined the programme. After 3 years, he took over the program coordination work, with the assistance of Herbert Conradie and later he was appointed head coach at the club.

His role was to make sure that the development paddlers knew what time they had to be at the club on Saturdays, get refreshments for the races and keep track of who and what days they came to practice. It is wonderful that he is able to fulfill his dream of giving children from these disadvantaged communities access to canoeing .





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