FEBRUARY 2014 UPDATE….

Change a life Paddling:
Feb 2 – Inanda Dam to Durban Canoe Race
With this race taking part on Dusi Day 3 and a guaranteed water release, it was a must for all Change a Life paddlers. Portaging over Burma Hill showed them where their running fitness was at.

The week preceeding Dusi, Change a Life took a team to cut & open up the overgrown Burma Hill portage and show the youngsters the most direct route as it gets confusing with the numerous Goat paths zig zagging everywhere.

Feb 13 to 15 – Dusi
Todate this was the best performing Dusi, Change a Life has had. With the final results showing 8 CAL boats in the top 20.
With CAL superstar Eric, partnered with Andy, racing to a convincing lead on Day 1, U18 Juniors Mthobisi Cele & Damon Stamp to me had the performance of the Day, finishing 6th.

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Sadly Lucas/Mmeli had their rudder system mangled 5min from the start by another canoe at Earnie Pearce Weir, to no fault of their own. After fixing it, they paddled off, in 60th position. Soldiering on, they ended the Day 1 in an incredible 11th overall.

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Overall Results:
1st – Eric/Andy, 5th – Kwanda/Zonele, 11th – Mthobisi/Damon , 13th – Lucas/Mmeli, 15th – Mhlonishwa/Nqobile,
17th – Thomas/Roland, 19th – Richard/Nhlanhla , 20th – Skhumbuso/Nkosi, 35th – Mzamo/ Khumbalani ,
41st – Banetsi & Themba
Interesting facts:
• Change a Life won the Club/Team prize – (fastest combined time of two K2’s from the same Club)
• CAL placed 1st & 3rd in the U18 category

RMB CHANGE A LIFE CYCLING….
Wartburg Mtb Classic – 65km
Last year this was the inaugural Mtb race for the RMB CAL team. I remember they were scattered over B, C & D batches. Fast forward to 2014, the entire team was A batched. The RMB CAL Zulus were highly excited and motivated to show off their fine form. It was a brilliant course, with tough steep hills, testing single track and a few pros to keep the pace honest.
The commentator and public witnessing the finish, were astounded when 3 RMB CAL Zulus crossed the line in top 10. Apart from Vela cramping severely in his lower back and being ambulanced to the finish, the guys rode exceptionally well. Hard work really does pay off  !!
5th-John, 8t –Stembiso 10th–Mboneni, 16th–Bongumusa, 23rd-Martin, 34th-Sizwe, 46th-Masa, 56th-Sabelo, 68th-Sipho, 83rd-Siyanda.

CAL Running:
With the new CAL Schools running League format this year, we have spent time scouting & locating four central venues where weekly runs can be hosted, marking the courses and getting the word out at Schools of the new structures in place with the opportunity of being selected for the new CAL Running Team.

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