Archive for October 2014

Change a Life at Umpetha Challenge….

On the weekend a strong Change a Life contingent took on the challenging Umpetha Canoe Race. A unique race in that the finish line is on top of a mountain.
Umpetha Challenge - tricky Mussons Rapid....
Tricky Mussons Rapid….
Going into the 2015 Dusi, Change a Life’s mission is more on applying the “multiplier principle”, expanding its base, giving opportunity to younger paddlers. And with this in mind, the focus will be on the upcoming juniors paddlers.
Change a Life Mthobisi Cele - 1st junior in the Umpetha Challenge (2)
Change a life Junior winner – Mthobisi Cele
The Umpetha Challenge afforded me the opportunity to observe our juniors up close in racing conditions. Taking numerous photos, I was able to analyse mistakes, poor choice of line down rapids and incorrect strategy when it comes to race tactics [pacing/surging to get close onto a more experienced paddlers tail in a tricky rapid/drinking sufficiently/paddling “softer” down a rapid so as to not throw yourself off balance if your paddle strikes a rock….etc ]
Change a Life juniors - Mpilo Zondi - Siyanda Gwamanda and Msawenkosi Mtolo paying their 'School fees' in the Umpetha Challenge
Young Change a Lifers learning from mistakes – paying their “School Fees”

I just wanted to say, it was a huge learning curve but most encouraging watching these juniors in action. Come the Dusi 2015, I think you will feel the same….:)

Albeit a local Kzn race, Change a Life achieved 7 out of the top 10 positions.

With Change a Life ambassador Eric Zondi, taking line honours.
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The 15-inch model has gotten spying.ninja/ a sizeable under-the-hood upgrade too