Sports Club activity and high spirits continues during lockdown

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Date 21 August 2020
Author Tatum Sieni
Contact Email info@centurycity.co.za
Contact Telephone +27 21 552 6889
URL Century City

Sporting events and large gatherings may be prohibited but that hasn’t stopped our sporting communities from achieving great results through virtual and community activities!

Century City Canoe Club

The year 2020 would have been the start of the 59th edition of the iconic Berg River Canoe Marathon, which is a 240km race over four days from Paarl to the West Coast town of Velddrif by way of the twists and turns of the Berg River. It is not called the toughest canoeing challenge in the world for nothing as the conditions of the river is grueling for the long distances that paddlers have to do in mostly winter conditions.

The Berg Marathon was cancelled due to COVID-19 lockdown regulations but after the cancellation of the race the organisers set up the Ultra Paddle virtual event that allowed paddlers anywhere in the world to aim at covering the race distance and share in the event’s unique atmosphere and for a good cause. The proceeds from the Ultra Paddle was donated to Canoeing South Africa’s ongoing food relief program aimed at getting food parcels delivered to CSA members badly hit by the ongoing lockdown.

Frustrated by months of being kept off the water, paddlers responded to the opportunity to try and cover the 240 kilometres between 08 July to 31 July 2020 by way of three methods. In order to earn a gold certificate paddlers had to complete the distance in four days, or as an alternative to paddle the distance before the end of the month to earn a silver certificate. To encourage paddlers who are unfit due to lockdown inactivity or newcomers to the sport, a bronze certificate was presented to those covering fifty kilometres or more in the Ultra Paddle window.

Century City Canoe Club had a fair amount of paddlers who chased distances over the month of July for the various certificates. 

Four of the club members got GOLD by completing the 240km’s over a period of four days by paddling on the Berg River, the Breede River and the sea in order to get the distances they need. Well done to Nicholas and John De Villiers and Ralph Teulings as well as Richard Kohler who did the distance and more on a non-stop basis on the Breede River.

Six club members managed to grab SILVER by completing the 240km’s between 08 July and 31 July while another five club members got BRONZE by doing between 50km and 239km’s in the same period.

Most notably, Colin McClement and Michael Rapson completed their 240km Silver distance purely on the canals of Century City which is a hard graft to paddle that distance on flat water without the assistance of a flowing river.

All in all the Ultra Paddle 2020 was a great event and the perfect motivation to get paddlers back on the water.

The Century City Canoe Club have resumed their time trails on a Tuesday evening launching from Intaka Island. Those interested in finding out more or joining the club can email registration@centurycitycanoeclub.co.za or visit www.centurycitycanoeclub.co.za


Century City Athletics Club

In the early days of lockdown, the CCAC were eager to maintain their fitness and took up running where ever they could in backyards, balconies or treadmills.

Once the restrictions were eased and running outside of the home was able to take place again, the members of the club were happy to stretch their legs but the dedicated 6 – 9am slot still proved challenging. Finally the exercise time and restrictions were relaxed further and the opportunity for some of the previously cancelled races to still take place was a possibility. Many athletics events then turned into “virtual runs” where athletes can still compete on the day but in their own neighbourhoods and submit their times through a fitness device via a linked app and qualify for placing and prizes.

The club took part in a number of virtual races such as the Comrades racewhere more than 60 of the club, along with family members were on the road with 4 members doing the full 90kms. 

Most recently members of the club took part in the virtual Washie 100 miler, an epic 3 day, 161km race that normally takes part from Port Alfred to East London. Photographed here are the 3 virtual finishers; Inge van Schalkwyk, Chris Engelbrecht and Salisha Lauton.

The club, who has always been active in community projects, took it upon themselves to reach out to the community with fundraisers for CANSA and others as well as and their new Slovo Kitchen Breakfast Run project where they cook and supply porridge to the communities in Joe Slovo, Dunoon, Guguletu and Bishop Lavis on a daily basis as well as supporting some of their members with food parcels.

The Century City Athletics Club will be resuming club runs from Tuesday the 8th of September 2020 from the Century City Clubhouse. Those interested in finding out more or joining the club can email info@centurycityathletics.co.za or visit www.centurycityathletics.co.za