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News From The River Bank


As you would have seen in the last few months our paddlers have produced some phenomenal results, throughout the race fields in many different categories and age groups. It’s amazing to have so many talented paddlers at one club.
Hank has totally dominated, earning himself both K1 and K2 Gold at World Marathon Champs,  winning the Fish, taking K1 and K2 Gold at the A Surfski champs and then this last weekend winning the Dragon Run in Hong Kong. 
The ladies have been cleaning up as well, taking the top 5 places at SA Surfski champs – Nikki Russell winning, followed by Hayley Nixon, Jenna Ward, Kyeta Purchase and Donna Winter! Jenna and Kyeta also came home with a Silver in the Ladies K2 event at World Marathons Champs, 
Hayley took Silver at the Dragon Run and Jenna earned a hard fought third at the Fish.                        
Clint Cook and Tom Lovemore took Gold at the Vaal this weekend to be crowned SA K2 River Champs. 


Hank and Kyeta have both been nominated for 2016 World paddle awards.
Please click on the below links and then click the ‘Like’ thumb to vote for them.
Kyeta as ‘Sports Junior of the Year’ –
Hank as ‘Sportsman of the Year’ –

Hank and Jenna have both been named as nominees for SA Sports Awards, Hank for ‘Sportsman of the Year’, and Jenna for ‘Sportswoman of the Year’. 

Huge congratulations to both of them, there are only 3 nominees in each category and this is across all sports! Good luck for the awards ceremony on the 27th November.


We will be holding the Annual Prize giving ceremony this year on Thursday 1st December, at the club after the High Tide Dice. We are combining it with the official opening the new braai on the deck, so it will be a fairly casual ‘bring and braai’ event. Keep an eye on the notice board at the club and social media for updates.


Trenton Lamble will be hosting a free technique clinic to KCC members this Sat(19th) from 08:00 - 10:00. This is aimed at beginner / intermediate paddlers looking to develop a more efficient stroke and thus go faster with less effort. 1 hour theory and 1 hour practical. Spots limited to 15 people, on a first come first served basis. Please RSVP to confirm a spot with Trenton.


Rowan Matthews has asked us to assist Philip with some work. Many of you will know Philip from his part-time work for DUCT, cleaning up the riverbank in front of Kingfisher. He also runs the Comrades every year in Kingfisher colours. The following from Rowan: 
Philip the cleaner has worked for us for the last 6 years every Wednesday. He is diligent, respectful, punctual and enthusiastic. Unfortunately due to the sale of the business he has had to be retrenched as the new owners do not have a position for him. Please contact him directly on 0712596817.


We are going up to visit our Development squad at Inanda dam on Saturday the 26th November. We will be having a paddle with them on the dam followed by a lunchtime braai. We will be leaving the club at 9am, please join us. If anyone has equipment or clothing that is still in good condition and would like to donate it to these guys, please leave it with Julie at the club and we will get it up there on the 26th.


River season is now in full swing, and if the past weekend was anything to go by it will be a good one. Both the Vaal Marathon and the Ibis Point to Inanda races had plenty of water, let us hope the rain keeps coming and the timing is good for the rest of the season. Coming up next on consecutive Sundays are the Fezela Classic, the Ozzie Gladwin and the new format 50 Miler. Umko season then opens with our No.8 to Josephine’s race on Sunday 11th December. Dust off those boats, the rivers are calling…


Please can we have some volunteers to assist behind the bar. Volunteer for one Thursday this season. You will be working with a committee member, so no knowledge required. Please give you name to Julie or Dee if you are willing to help.




News From The River Bank


The CSA calendar has officially begun for the 2016/2017 season and registration is in full swing. All paddlers who get their forms and payments in before the 31st May 2016 will be eligible for a LUCKY DRAW VOUCHER courtesy of Umngazi River Bungalows. This Voucher will be for R5000.00 to spend at  Eric’s Canoe Shoppe.

To find out more about registration fees for the season have a look at the Kingfisher Site 
Don’t procrastinate, Register Today !


As some of you might know, John and Carol are away paddling on some of the most beautiful lakes in Canada and visiting their son for a few months. While they are away we would like to give Julie a warm welcome as Carrol's replacement. If you happen to see her around please give her a friendly "hello"!

We would also like to give massive thank you to our incredible treasurer, Lindy for all her hard work on the financial side this year. Everyone should have received forms as well as invoices and statements for this year's registration. If you have not received this, please email her and let her know -


Water is what we are about! Please help us meet our obligation to cut back by 15% on our water bill!

We are asking members to be conservative in their water usage in the boat house when washing boats and also in the showers! 

Annual AGM Notice 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in terms of the Constitution of KINGFISHER CANOE CLUB that the Annual General Meeting of Members will be held at KINGFISHER CANOE CLUB HOUSE, Stiebel Place, Durban, on THURSDAY – 12 TH MAY 2016 AT 19H00

1. Notice of Meeting
2. Apologies
3. Chairman’s Report
4. Club Captain’s Report
5. Financial Report
5.1 Ratify the Annual Financial Statements and New Season Fees
6. Appointment of Auditors
7. Election of Office Bearers

  • Chairman
  • Vice Chairman
  • Treasurer
  • Committee Members

8. General

This event will take place after our weekly Thursday Night Dice. Please stay after for the AGM and a drink. This is an important event in the Club's calendar and we would love to have you all there.


Chairmen's Update 20 Jan 2016
All the best for 2016, and may it be a great year of paddling for all Kingfisher members!

A very sad finish to 2015 that most of you would have heard about, was the loss of Wayne Wilson on the 22nd December. Wayne was an extremely passionate and dedicated paddler, and was a fixture at the club and on the water at Blue Lagoon. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Wayne.

The Dusi season is in full swing, and we kick off with the CMH Dice series tomorrow. There will be a great vibe at the club, with the latest CMH vehicles on display and some magic lucky draw prizes. The following 2 weekends, the 28th Jan and 4th Feb will see Billy's Thule Twilight Run series adding to fun.

The Inanda to Durban race coming up on the 7th February looks like it will have to be moved due to the lack of water in the lower Umgeni. There is a poll on the Facebook page to see if it would be preferable to have a Flat water race with portages on Blue Lagoon or an Upper Umgeni with a portage loop, so please give us your input. We may not have this option however, as we wait to hear if they will still be releasing water from Albert Falls on that date.

In closing, good luck to everyone taking part in The Drak this weekend, travel safely!
See you on the water.



 Wayne Wilson December 24 2015

Wayne Wilson

It is with great sadness that a huge number of paddlers gathered at DUC this morning in remembrance of one of paddling most passionate personalities.

Wayne Wilson passed away on Tuesday evening having suffered a massive heart attack while on holiday in Ballito with his beloved family. Wayne had paddled a downwind that afternoon in the company of his good friends and his mum told me he could not have been happier that day. Wayne was an extremely passionate person; he was a passionate father who loved and took huge pride in his sons Tristan and Brett; Wayne was a passionate paddler who still liked to “mix-it-up” with the lighties even as a Sub Master; Wayne was a passionate friend, a friend who truly listened and would have your back or literally give you the shirt of his should you be in need.

It will take a very long time, if ever, before I stop looking for his familiar muscular frame, his shining bald head and his super excited eagerness at the start of races. Kingfisher training squads will never be the same without Wayne’s energy and encouragement. Wayne’s absence will be sorely missed but his passion will always be remembered.

Rest in Peace my friend.

Tribute by Travis Wilkinson








GPE: 15/46
News of the Riverbank!!
BIG 60th
16th October – I am not going to take no for an answer!! You can tidy your sock draw on another night. Clear your diary NOW!

Marathon Paddlers are in action!
Our Ballies race Wednesday K1 and Thursday K2, Our Lighties Friday K1 and Saturday morning K2. Seniors Saturday K1 and Sunday K2! Not sure of any live streaming coverage at this stage but normally up and running for the Friday onwards events. is the official web page may provide??
Lots and Lots happening:
1. Erics Canoe Shoppe Race 17th September: starting from the club house keep an eye out for times.
2. Helpers needed: Please offer your kind assistance to Terry by contacting him on 0833262333.
3. Coastal Clean UP: Please unite as a Club and join Bart and the great folks of DUCT in doing our bit to clean up our surroundings. Saturday the 19th – 6:30am (yearly bird stuff) meet at the slipway and get ferried across the river to help in the National Coastal Clean Up. Gloves and bin bags provided!
4. Need new tyres or as my mate the Myna would say “laanie nu rounds rite”! Brad Youens is a great supporter and long-time  sponsor of KCC and our events. He is offering KCC Members great deals on new tyres so if you need new “rounds” give Brad and his Supa Quick team a call on 031 9021912 or 0828064762. Support those that support the club!
Elvis Apologies
Yet again I must retract my foot from my beak! In what he calls “his moment of glory” Lee Furby was reduced to “ptn” having POWERED Hank McGregor to victory up in Richards Bay!
See you on the water
Elvis (the King) Fisher



News of the Riverbank!! 2-9-2015

BIG 60th
16th October - Why is your diary not reflecting this yet! PUT IT IN! …… Now… stop reading any further and book off that date - 16th October 2016….. I said NOW! Marvin K Mooney will you please go NOW…… so Marvin went…..

Spring has Sprung and that means the World is waiting!
Every winter a hard core bunch of KCC paddlers can be seen churning up the river, no matter what the weather throws at them, as they prepare to take on the world (sorry in one of those moods today) – Pinky(Linton) “what are we going to do today Brian” Brain (Bruce) “same thing we do every day Pinky, plan to take over the world!”
On behalf of all the KCC members, family and friends we wish our intrepid Marathon Paddlers all the very best for Hungry! Our full support is behind you and we will be screaming loudly at all tweets and live video feed as it comes through!

Representing KCC in the South African Team:
Senior Men: Defending K1 and K2 World Champion Hank McGregor!
Senior Ladies: Jenna Ward &, Kyeta Purchase, Donna Tutton & Hayley Arthur
U23: Jenna Ward K1
U 18: Kyeta Purchase K1, Luke Criticos K1 & K2 and Baily De Fondaumiere K2
Ballies: Bruce Wenke, Linton Hope, Lee McGregor, Bruce Pender-Smith, James Tutton and Anton Fouche.

Results from up North
Let’s hope that our Marathon paddlers dominate the world like they did Richards Bay! Hank McGregor & ptn 1st, Wayne Wilson & Bailey De Fondaumiere 2nd. Bruce Wenke & Linton Hope 3rd, Anton Fouche & ptn 5th (1st Vet).

Elvis Apologies
In past missives Hayley Arthur has been referred to as Donna’s K2 “ptn” when she is a fully fledged KCC member! Sorry for that Hayley – please get the Hairy-one to correct his result sheets to reflect you are one of our KIN. Keep up the great results ladies.

Races ahead
Da Real Downwind Series this weekend
Breede Marathon 5th and 6th – good luck Steve Woods
Jock Claasens 6th
Eric’s Canoe Shoppe Race 17th
See you on the water
Elvis (the King) Fisher


News of the Riverbank!! 27 August 2015

BIG 60th
Can you believe your favourite Club is celebrating its 60th Birthday? Please spread the word and make sure you have booked off the night of the 16th October (and possibly a small section of the morning of the 17th) to join in the festivities at Beachwood Country Club. Make sure you get your tickets early! Check out attachment for official invite.

Yellow-bills are about
As predicted the swooping Yellow-bills are back from their winter migrations and eager to get some grub after the long flights. Bart Fokkens of DUCT fame, recently led a group of avid twitchers up the river near Inanda Dam and spotted not one but two separate Fin-foots. It is so pleasing to know that these awesome birds are in our river system!

Some New (and old) KCC Ski Champions
On the ocean the Dolphin Coast hosted the KZN Ski Champs and this, must do event again delivered great racing conditions. In the Singles, raced on Saturday, KZN Ski Podiums went to – Ladies race; Nikki Russell 2nd, Kayeta Purchase 4th (1st U 18 lady and 3rd U18 overall) with Jenna Ward rounding out the competitive Ladies top 5!
In the Men’s race Hank McGregor 1st and 1st Vet, Steve Woods 6th. In the age group categories; Wayne Wilson 1st SM, Lee McGregor 1st GM, race organizer Anton Fouche 2nd M, Bailey De Fondaumiere 1st U18, Puppy De Rauville 3rd SM, Rich Lowe 3rd V and Linton Hope 3rd SGM.
In Sundays Doubles: Nikki Russell & Ptn 1st Ladies with Donna Tutton & Ptn 2nd! The men from the Eastern Cape claimed the KZN title Steve Woods & Ptn 1st! Rich Lowe & Ptn 3rd (1st V), Wayne Wilson & Ptn 6th (2nd V), Steve Evans & Ptn 1st SGM, Linton Hope & Ptn 2nd SGM and a special mention to Hank who stayed in his single and still finished 3rd overall!
Up River paddlers descended the table!
At the sharp end; Peter Jacobs 2nd, Bruce Brauteseth 4th in the mixed double Leslie Wilson-Jones & Stuart Laing took the victory as did Steve Baverstock who won the SM category.
Races to get to:
Richards Bay always offer a warm welcome – Sat 29th Shaka Challenge
Da Real Downwind Series is starting soon
Eric’s Canoe Shoppe Race 17th
See you on the water
Elvis (the King) Fisher





GPE: 15/46 
News of the Riverbank!! 

KCC Boat Auction 
Bargains and bidding!
Please tell ALL your mates that the KCC Boat Auction takes place this Saturday!
If you are selling off boats or paddling kit – registration starts at 7h30
If you are buying get there for 8h30 to get your bidders card that will cost a mere R10 - the action starts at 9h00 SHARP like a blade!
Food and drinks on sale – please support your club and offers to help are always appreciated!
You always need that spare boat to join your mates for a trip!!

DICE moves back to 5:30pm:
The solstice has past the swallows are back and the first Yellow-bill Kites will soon be swooping overhead! That means the days are finally getting longer and the Thursday Dice moves back to its traditional 5:30pm start. Go for an extra warm-up if you are used to getting down a bit early!

Eric’s Night Race Moved to the 17th
Please take note that the Eric’s Canoe Shoppe Race has been moved to the 17th to accommodate the high tide and take the sandbanks out of the racing equation. This also means far fewer chances of kissing a flying mullet which has to be great news!

From the mountains to the sea our KIN where in action across the province this past long weekend:
Ski results are proving as elusive as the Finfoot but that legend of legends John O has distributed the Tugela 20’s so let me congratulate all the KIN Ski paddles I am sure you did us proud!
In the icy river: Jenna Ward and Kayeta Purchase placed 2nd Ladies with young Sabina Lawrie & ptn 4th (1st U16); Wilam Deyzle & Lindy Ferreira 8th (1st Vets). For the men Trenton Lamble & ptn 7th K2, Stu Clifton & ptn 9th K2. A great result in the Mixed for Louisa Van Staden & ptn claiming 1st place.

See you on the water
Elvis (the King) Fisher




GPE: 15/46

News of the Riverbank!!

Has Elvis been missed?

Belated Congratulations:
The McGregor name blazed itself into Paddling History books in July – Hank totally dominated, what many believe to be the most competitive and tough Berg for many a year! Not only did Hank control the race and secure every stage victory his over-all win makes him the first person to achieve the magical 10 Berg Titles! An incredible achievement!
Rolling back the years another McGregor was setting records along the Natal Coast the same day that Hank was celebrating his milestone in the Cape! Father Lee, at the young age of 63, won the Scotties to Brighton Ski race! Congrats to the family of legends.
Also staring in the SB ski race:
At the other end of the age spectrum - 1st doubles were juniors Baily DeFoundaumiere & ptn and 2nd another pair of juniors Luke Cristicos & ptn. The winning ladies also featured a junior and an U23 with Jenna Ward and Kyeta Purchase taking it from Donna Tutton & ptn.
Jenna and Kyeta also showed great form in the river season opener by placing 4th K2 over-all and showing their great form building up to the World Champs in Hungary!

Yes sadly it is that time when we need to clean out the nest a bit so if your Disk is being rejected at the clubhouse entrance, please don’t kick up a fuss or the cats! Rather calmly chat to Carrol as you may just have forgotten to reregister for the new season.

Boat Auction
The KCC boat auction takes place on the 15th August – this is the chance to clear out the garage, the cabbage patch and the outhouse! Scrub your old craft down and get it ready for selling on to a new super keen novice!
Please also consider donating your old boats to the club as John Evans is putting in a huge amount of effort to get new paddlers qualified on the rivers and you all know the toll getting started takes on boats and equipment.

Flying Fish
Don’t let the Fish sneak up on you and catch you unprepared! Accommodation and travel plans need to be arranged and a bit of paddling time done now is always appreciated on the flats of Day 2!
See you on the water
Elvis (the King) Fisher

Big Year for Kingfisher 

The 2015/2016 season is a huge one for us and I would ask you all to support the club, get involved and have some great fun. Get out your calendars and save these dates:
15th August – Boat Auction at the club, come along and pick up a bargain or offload that extra boat that’s taking up space

10th September – Eric’s Canoe Shop Race, test out those Fish combinations

16th October – 60th Anniversary Celebration and Prize giving, smart venue, great food and a top DJ, come and party!

13th December - TRADERPLUS No8 to Josephines Bridge, great section of fun water
7th February – CMH Inanda to Durban, last race before the Dusi

13th March - TRADERPLUS HELLA-HELLA to Josephines Bridge, big boat time
19th & 20th March– 50th Stihl Umkomaas Challenge – start planning to do this one, even if you’ve never done one before, it’s too good an experience to miss. Big things happening for our 50th race

KZN River Season upon us
The time has come to dust off the winter cobwebs. The river season opens with a race on the Upper Umgeni this weekend, and with only 12 weeks until the Fish it’s time to get going. John Evans is leading a trip on Saturday on the same course for those who are extra keen.

Disc Purge / Clubhouse Security
The discs will be getting purged in the next week or two, this should only affect those of you who have not yet registered for the season. Please report any lost discs so that these can also be deactivated. While on security, please remember to lock the clubhouse and boat pound gates and doors behind you, and switch off the lights if you’re the last one out.

Go Hank
We wish Hank all the best at the Berg River Canoe Marathon which is currently on. Here’s to getting that 10th title!

See you on the water!



News of the Riverbank!! 13 June 2015

A HUGE KCC thanks to Umngazi River Bungalows
Of those all paid up and registered by the end of May the Lucky Draw saw some super happy paddlers! Emma Gilmer, missing out on our fantastic Durban Winters sitting in the UK will be super stoked to have won the awesome Umngazi River Bungalows experience (if that flip to pampering paradise sounded too good to miss out on you can still contact the wonderful folk at Umngazi and make it happen for yourself and your special “other” - for your cost but well worth it).
The Glen Fiddich was won by Sabrina Schaller, (my very best FIFA practices and requests for an Avian Diaspora consideration failed to secure this liquid gold)
The tablet, was swallowed up, by Mark Pullin.
Congratulations to all the winners and another thank you to all those who contributed to the organising and securing the wonderful prizes.
SA Marathon Champions Crowned!
Many many great performances from our KIN with Golds Silvers and Bronzes aplenty. The following getting onto the podium as South African Championship medallists
Ladies Legends: Nikki Russell 2nd senior, Kyeta Purchase 1st U18, Sabrina Lawrie 1st U16, Wilma Deyzel 2nd V.
Men and Boys: Hank McGregor 2nd senior, Luke Cristcos 2nd U18, Bailey DeFondaumier 3rd U18, Jarryd Walker 2nd U12, Sean Khanyile 2nd U10!
Ballies: Wayne Wilson 2nd V, Lee McGregor 1st M, Bruce Wenke 1st SGM Linton Hope 3rd SGM and Geof Thompson 2nd GM.
Ladies Legends: Jenna Ward & Kyeta Purchase 1st seniors with Hayley Arthur & Donna Tutton 2nd. Sabrina Lawrie & ptn 2nd U16, Louisa Van Starden & Wilma Deyzel 3rd V, Debbie Lewis & Robyn Wiggett 2ns SM.
Men and Boys: Hank McGregor & ptn 1st seniors, Baily DeFoundaumier & ptn 1st U18, Luke Cristcos & ptn 2nd U18 , Wayne Wilson & ptn 1st V, Rob Lowe & Jason Ekstrand 2nd V, Warren Valentine & ptn 3rd V, Rowan Matthews & ptn 2nd SM, James Tutton and Bruce PenderSmith 3rd M, Bruce Wenke & Linton Hope 1st SGM, Geof Thompson & Allan Hold 1st GM.
Tripping and River Proficiency tests
John Evans is planning a trip this Saturday 13 June and one a week later on Sunday 21 June. I will also give my river safety talk on Wednesday 17 June at the club house from 18:00 for anyone who is interested.

The cost for anyone doing their proficiency is R150.00. There is a R10.00 charge per person at the picnic site where we start and a charge of R20.00 per car and R10.00 per paddler at the resort where we finish.

See you on the water
Elvis (the King) Fisher




1 June 2015

GPE: 15/46

News of the Riverbank!!

AGM Welcome Terry
Following the AGM we all welcome Terry Drummond and his committee and thank them in advance for committing their time and efforts to making KCC a great Club to be part of.
We must also thank Ross Poacher for his time in the Chair and all those who tirelessly served with Ross. It is reassuring to know that Ross is still very much part of the committee and his sage guidance will be much appreciated going forward.


No excuses accepted!
Please all make a concerted effort to get down to the club this Thursday (remembering that the dice has moved forward by 15mins to start at 5:15pm to savour some daylight) as this is where it is happening!
Firstly as we all love the Planet upon which we dwell, we will be making a stand by getting onto the water for “Paddle For the Planet” a fantastic worldwide initiative that draws attention to the health of our waterways and fights for what we hold dear.
A R50 donation will see you sporting the P4P Stickers and the funds will be going to the incredible folk at DUCT whose efforts we enjoy out on our favourite river.
All those registered and fully paid up will also be eagerly awaiting the Draw of the prizes!
Who will be winging their way to an exotic Spa and Lunch at Umngazi Bungalows? Go check out the website to see for yourselves how special this spot is!

Good Luck to all our KIN taking part in the SA Marathon Champs in PMB this
coming weekend!

There is sure to be some extremely exciting Marathon racing on the Drift over the weekend! If you have never witnessed the frenzy of the marathon portages and the chess-like tactics of bunch racing do yourself a huge favour and go and see these paddlers in action – OR EVEN BETTER go race yourself!

Remember to visit to register - pay, scan then email proof of payment and completed forms to – EASY!

See you on the water
Elvis (the King) Fisher





GPE: 15/46

News of the Riverbank!!

NB – Notice of KCC AGM
Please be advised that the Kingfisher AGM will be held on Thursday evening the 14th of May at 7pm.
Everyone is welcome. The Committee are looking for nominations for Chairman and Vice Chairman as these positions will be vacant come the AGM. All nominations to be sent to the secretary before the AGM

Change of Secretarybird
It is always sad to say goodbye to one of our flock – Michelle van der Walt is migrating to Cape Town and on behalf of all at KCC I must thank her for her incredible, tireless efforts at the club and wish her all the very best. Thank you Michelle!
We also get to welcome Carol Evans to the position of “mother-hen” secretarybird for KCC. Carol and John already do so much for KCC it is great to have her seamlessly take over “in the office”! Carol can be reached on the email .

A new Chairman and Vice required!
As per the notice for the AGM the committee will be looking for a new leader. Ross Poacher has done an incredible job, taking over at a difficult time and committing huge amounts of his time to the club. Ross I understand is available to be on the committee to ensure his sage advice and experience are not lost but he steps down from the Chair so please twist the arm of that person you know will be a great leader and put them forward!

Sing up and stand a chance to WIN!!
KCC have a little incentive for the early birds who get fully paid-up before the end of May 2015.
All those FULLY paid-up before the end of May 2015 will be placed in a lucky draw with the chance to win an awesome experience: A flight for 2 to Umngazi River Bungalows, a scrumptious lunch, a sensual spa treatment overlooking the estuary.
There is also a chance to win a Tablet in the draw and if that is still not enough a very easy to swallow 12 Year old Glenfiddich will also be up for grabs
You have got to be in-it-to-win-it so get registered before by 31st May 2015. The registration forms are on the web: complete, pay, scan then email proof of payment and completed forms to Carol – EASY!

Ski Results
The guys and girls of KCC are doing the club proud in the ocean! Nikki Russell won a hotly contested King (or should that be Queen) of the Bay from ever improving Hayley Arthur who just piped Jenna Ward making it a 1-2-3 for KCC!
Hank McGregor was locked in a titanic battle in the men’s and finished 3rd (1st SV). Daryl Bartho & ptn won the Doubles and Baily De Fondaumiere won the Junior’s! Sorry the results on do not show clubs so through fear of missing a notable performance of one I err on the side of all.

See you on the water
Elvis (the King) Fisher




GPE: 15/46

News of the Riverbank!!

The Season is over – Long live the season
Can you believe another awesome season of paddling comes to an end! A great season it proved to be. But don’t panic like the swallows leaving they will return and the new season STARTS 1st April – no jokes.

If you are paddling in any events after April 1st, don’t be fooled into thinking you can do this without signing up for a whole new exciting chapter of your favourite pastime! NB NB: SA schools Sprints, SA Senior Sprints and SA Surfski events are all looming and you will need to be freshly registered to compete!

While this does mean you need to outlay some subs and fees you will be super stoked to hear that the good folk of KCC have a little incentive for the early birds who get fully paid-up before the end of May 2015.

All those FULLY paid-up before the end of May 2015 will be placed in a lucky draw with the chance to win an awesome experience: Picture it, you and your partner, being flown down the picturesque Southern coastline from Virginia airport to Port St Johns. A flight that, I can assure you, is one of the best you will ever experience as you take in the majesty of the Wild Coast with its rugged cliffs and waterfalls that cascade dramatically into the ocean. From the airport, atop the mountain, you will be whisked to Umngazi River Bungalows where the stresses of life miraculously disappear. You will then be treated to a scrumptious lunch and a sensual spa treatment overlooking the estuary. Sadly you will have to extricate yourself from this bliss and be flown home at the end of the day but like the Swallows some inner beacon will have been activated and you will instinctively be drawn back to visit this special place. A HUGH thanks to the Umngazi River Bungalows for this!

Not winning that may be hard to swallow but don’t fret there is also a chance to win a Tablet in the draw and if that is still not enough a very easy to swallow 12 Year old Glenfiddich will also be up for grabs (but that’s mine, please let it be mine)
You have got to be in-it-to-win-it so get registered before by 31st May 2015. The registration forms are on the web: complete, pay, scan then email proof of payment and completed forms to Michelle – EASY!

The change of seasons also sees us birds clear out of the nests – Please make sure your rack is paid for and you are not squatting in the boat house. The sign is up and your illegal craft storage will require you to fork out R500 to have your boat returned!
Congratulations to Rob and Ernie
Yet another incredible Umko! Huge congratulations to Rob and Ernie and all those who assisted them in making this event so unique and special. It takes an enormous amount of time and energy (often without the thanks it deserves from the participants) BUT you guys are incredible and MUCH appreciated! Thank you.

See you on the water
Elvis (the King) Fisher






25 October 2014

GPE: 15/46 
News of the Riverbank!! 

The Dams they are a filling
Great to hear that the dam network on our rivers are finally filling up thanks to the recent rains that have certainly taken their time to replenish us this year. This is great news for all but especially for paddlers who would prefer to shoot their way down rapids rather than lug their boats up and over hills!

On the topic of lugging up hills – congratulations must be extended to NCC and the team that organised the Umpetha Challenge. Finishing a canoe race at the top of a hill is certainly thinking out the proverbial box.

Up the Hill without a paddle results
Barrelling into a top ten and claiming 1st SV Stu Clifton in 8th overall. We welcome back to Durban the Tutton’s and great to see the family in action with Donna Tutton 4th lady and 1st SV not far behind hubby James 2nd SM just piping Simon Russell 3rd SM. Willma Deyzel continues to dominate her category with another solid Vet win placing her 8th Lady home. It must have been a real mountain-goat Master to edge Glenn Hilliar into second spot in the M category? Good performances too from Konrad Katcz 18th overall and Sipo Canham 10th U23. Congrats to all.

Events Looming
Pirates Lifesaving Club delayed the start of their FAMOUS Wall and Back series that must have been the first “ski series” ever! Remember the ugly brown Solly Kramers t-shirts for sub 40min? Get to Pirates on Friday registered and ready to enjoy by 5pm.

Lowveld Croc – 25th and 26th
Da Real 50km Downwind – 25th or 26th
Dam to Dam relay – 25th and 26th

Mouth to Mouth Surfski Challenge:  Due to the massive surf that battered the coastline the awesome ski vibe is moved to the weekend of the 1st or 2nd Nov. If it starts on the Sunday then a few tender heads may drag themselves limply from Puppy’s betrothals?

Thursday Dice Night:
It was only for the very brave last week but this week WILL be better and the beers are still icy cold!

See you on the water
Elvis (the King) Fisher


16 October

Heading 5
GPE: 15/46 
News of the Riverbank!! 

Help Hank Fill his Bucket!!
After an amazing few weeks of pure paddling performance and passion we need to help Hank with a new Bucket List!
Double world Champs, tick – First ever singles Fish win, tick……… So what next for this incredible athlete?  Superlatives cannot do his performances justice so I am left to raise a wing in salute of all this KCC paddler has achieved. Our sincere congratulations.

The Fish is an iconic sporting event that brings together not just paddlers from across the country but also a host of equally keen supporters and seconds to mingle and mix with the community of Craddock that rolls out the red carpet for all its visitors. Thank you to the organisers and the good folk of this special paddling paradise.

I had hoped to have John O’s results to name what we know will be a number of great KCC results but will include these in a later missive.

Car Wash!
We have been notified that The NPO - Mobile Wellness Trust has started a community project at the Lug in an initiative to provide gainful employment. As such a  “Green Machine”  Car Wash unit will be around manned by Victor. Who will charge - R50 a car was and R60 for an SUV. All proceeds go towards paying for The Green Machine (rental & soap), and an income for Victor to pay for accommodation and food. Victor has an ID and a work permit (on him at all times). This has been authorised by The Green Hub, Municipality and Isidingo security services. So if you need a preen for your vehicle there is an option for you.

Events Looming
Sprints at Campsdrift – Friday 17th
Umpetha Challenge – Sunday 19th (get your Dusi shoes out and enjoy)
Mouth to Mouth Surfski Challenge - Sat 18th or Sun 19th (keep an eye on the wind)
A very busy weekend needs some planning:
Lowveld Croc – 25th and 26th
Da Real 50km Downwind – 25th and 26th
Dam to Dam relay – 25th and 26th

Thursday Dice Night:
Come on down and enjoy the official Fish post-mortem and see if the ice cold Hansa tastes the same as they do in the Eastern Cape.

See you on the water
Elvis (the King) Fisher


GPE: 15/46 
Celebration from the Riverbank!! 

Double Gold for KCC’s Hank McGregor

In 2010 Hank was informed by the Selectors and Marathon hierarchy that, despite winning the K1 and K2 at the SA Champs he was not good enough to race the K1 at Worlds being simply “to slow” and “not committed” to training purely for Marathons as he was racing rivers and ski events! They wanted Hank to only race in the K2 as it was pontificated that there was no way he could ever win the K1 again let alone do both K1 and K2 at Worlds!!

Thankfully a reshuffle of marathon personal ensued and Hank was been giving the backing and support he deserved and he has repaid tenfold with his 4th Singles Gold and a truly remarkable Double (in the double) Gold. If you have not seen footage of these victories do yourself a huge favour and YouTube them! Against the very best the world has to offer Hank controlled and dominated to bring this Glory to his country and our Club!

Congratulations Hank you are a true paddling Legend and the passion that you exude for our sport will inspire a host of future champions!

Another stellar performance was delivered by Jenna Ward.
Who dug extremely deep in an exciting end sprint of 5 flying U23 ladies to claim a very impressive Bronze medal in an extremely competitive race!
Jenna joined KCC this year and has put in a huge commitment to her paddling this year under the guidance of Lee and the Mac Squad and we are so proud of her achievements so thoroughly deserved. Jenna and her K2 partner Hayley Arthur went on to place 7th in the Senior Ladies K2 race and where not far off the pace of the front bunch. For a first World Champs for Hayley and a first senior’s race for Jenna they excelled well done to you both.

Lee McGregor must be a very satisfied athlete, coach and father! Not only did he record a K1 gold medal in an age group 10years below his actual age and a K2 gold with a yank… he was then on hand to witness his protégés doing so well at international level! And if that was not enough he watched his son do what no other South African has ever achieved – Double Gold’s at Worlds! Congratulations Lee and keep inspiring your squad of future champions on the blue lagoon.
Lee’s former partner Allan Hold bagged silver in his K1 well done Allan.

Our PMB Juniors delivered a Bronze in the boys K1 and then an impressive Gold in the boys K2. And our SA Masters did not disappoint with medals aplenty!

Congrats to you all! Bring on 2017 when World Marathons will be in PMB and we can all be paddling or cheering from the banks (or trees).

See you on the water
Elvis (the King) Fisher 












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