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Epworth paddlers shine at Drak Challenge 2020

Jessica Behn, with her father Gary. Picture: Epworth Facebook page

Epworth School congratulated all 10 Epworth paddlers who took on the 2020 Drak Challenge in Underberg over February 1 and 2. Georgina Howard and Amy Hulett put in stellar performances, both coming third, in the U18 and U16 events respectively.

On its Facebook page the school said the star of the weekend was Jessica Behn, who paddled in a K2 with her father, Gary Behn. Jessica courageously took up the driving seat when Gary experienced some health issues. She received the Alick Rennie Fellowship Award, which recognises a particular act of bravery or selflessness during the race.

Rachel Woodburn excelled in the trail running at the Drak Challenge.

Rachel Woodburn excelled in the “Euro Steel Run the Rivers Lite Trail run”, coming second in the junior competition and third overall among the women.

Low river

In the main canoeing event, among the men, Andy Birkett paddled to a runaway victory on a low and testing Mzimkhulu River, ahead of Hank McGregor, Hamish Lovemore (third) and Stew Little (fourth).

The women’s race title fell to Jenna Ward for the second time, ahead of Christie McKenzie and Bridgitte Hartley.

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Epworth also congratulated clarinet player, Meghann Oldfield (right), who received KZN Youth Orchestra SASBA (South African School Band Association) national colours. She is pictured in her national blazer with Epworth Deputy Head, Tracey Munro (left) and Head of School, Laura Bekker (right).
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