Whilst the rest of the ‘Change a Life’ athletes burned calories training for next week’s Jeep Msinsi Multisport race, Tom and Lucas raced in the Africa Champs Development Trial.

The cream of Development paddlers from around SA (Cape Town, JHB & Durban) descended upon Nagle Dam on Friday to attend the trial for choosing a team to represent South Africa at the African Sprint Championships in Cocody Bay, Abidjan – Ivory Coast. The team will consist of two seniors, two juniors and a girl.


1000m Final

‘Change a Life’ athlete Tom Ngcobo had a slow start, lying 5th going through the 250m mark. Passing the 750m buoy, he had ground his way to the front and thereafter kept inching further ahead of the other contenders, to cross the line first.

  1. Tom Ngcobo (Change a Life) – 4min 12sec
  2. Loveday Zondi (Scarc) – 4min 14sec
  3. Nkosi Mzolo (Scarc) – 4min 17sec

 500m Final

This was a spectacular showdown, with only 3 seconds seperating the top four contenders. Tom won by a boat length to Nkosi Mzolo. Top 10 Dusi finisher, Lucas, struggled with the explosive speed needed for such a short race, finishing seventh.  

  1. Tom Ngcobo (Change a Life) – 1min 51sec
  2. Nkosi Mzolo (Scarc) – 1min 52sec
  3. Loveday Zondi (Scarc) – 1min 53sec

In the other races, Tom finished 4th in the 200m and Lucas raced cunningly to finish 2nd in the 4000m.

The Cape based Paarl Canoe Club won all the Junior (under 18) division races, with Joseph Williams dominating the gold positions and the sensational under sixteen paddler, Diveano Peterson claimimg silver.

Shae-Earl Dewee (Paarl), likewise made a clean sweep in the woman junior and senior divisions.


Although the selectors have yet to announce the Team.

Very well done to Tom. I’ll bet money on it….

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