2018 magazine

South Africa Andy Birkett Hank McGregor

2018 sees changing of the guard in canoe marathon

30 January 2019

The two biggest names in the history of ICF canoe marathon picked up gold medals in 2018, but it wasn’t in the events fans had become use to seeing them dominate.

Hungary’s Renata Csay and South Africa’s Hank McGregor are the two biggest legends in the sport, and in Portugal they both added another gold medal to their healthy collection.

This time they shared the moment with their respective K2 partners, on the final day of the 2018 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Prado Vila Verde, Portugal.

McGregor, a seven-time individual champion, clocked up...Read more

German tribute Fiete Junge canoe polo Welland 2018

Enveloped in heartache, Germany makes canoe polo history

30 January 2019

The tears were real, and they flowed freely when the German men’s team broke through to win the 2018 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Welland, Canada, in August.

The emotions weren’t confined to the men’s team. There was barely a dry eye in the house, among a crowd who knew the journey the players had been on to get to the top of the podium.

On the eve of the 2018 World Championships, Fiete Junge, a popular member of the German men’s team, died from a sudden illness. He was just 26-years-old.

It devastated the international canoe polo community and...Read more

Australia Jessica Fox K1 Augsburg

What does the Fox say? Bring on Tokyo 2020!

30 January 2019

There were lots of incredible moments during the 2018 ICF canoe slalom season, lots of pulsating moments, bundles of headline-grabbing moments – but when the dust settled and the last of the water pumps was turned off, one athlete stood taller than all others – Jessica Fox.

Superlatives that hardly do justice to the slalom season delivered by the 24-year-old Australian have been coming thick and fast, but not as thick and fast as the number of titles the two-time Olympic medallist notched up in a paddling frenzy that left world-class opponents floundering in her wake...Read more