Young SA Slalom stars make history Down Under

Maritzburg College schoolboy Brandon Orpwood made history by becoming the first South African junior to make the semi-finals at the ICF Junior Slalom World Championships in Australia.

Maritzburg College schoolboy Brandon Orpwood made history by becoming the first South African junior to make the semi-finals at the ICF Junior Slalom World Championships in Australia.

Up and coming slalom paddlers Don Wewege and Brandon Orpwood have made history by becoming the first South African paddlers to race into the semi-finals of the ICF Junior and Under 23 World Championships.
Paddling on the demanding 300m long manmade Olympic course at Penrith outside Sydney in Australia, Wewege from UKZN in Pietermaritzburg finished 36th in the Men’s K1 U23 and Orpwood from Maritzburg College finished 34th in Junior Men K1.

The scores are taken as the best of two runs in the heats, and have advanced both men to the semifinal stages for the first time, which start at 2am South African time on Friday morning 25 April, for Wewege (Second Skins/Maxpaddle) and in the junior ranks at 2am on Saturday morning, 26 April, for Orpwood (Maritzburg College).
Both athletes are part of the International Canoe Federation’s Talent Identification program and are provided with some of the worlds’ best coaches while in Australia to help them achieve high results.
The racing will be covered by streaming video www.123result.com during the whole competition.