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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