Bridgitte Hartley (RSA)

Bridgitte Hartley (RSA)

ZASouth Africa
Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
14 July 1983
172 cm
66 kg
Partner Andy Birkett
Pietermaritzburg, RSA
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - University of Pretoria: South Africa


General Interest

Surfing, travelling, being outdoors, reading, spending time with friends. (, 12 Jan 2011; Facebook page, 13 Mar 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the K1 500m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Facebook page, 04 Jun 2015)
She missed two World Cup events in May 2013 with chicken pox. (, 10 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2014 KwaZulu-Natal Sportswoman of the Year. (, 09 Nov 2014)

In 2009 the Confederation of African Canoeing named her the Women's Paddler of the Year. (, 22 Oct 2009)
Other sports
She has competed at a national level in surfing and canoe marathon. (, 10 Jun 2015;, 01 May 2015)
Famous relatives
Her partner Andy Birkett competes in canoe marathon. (, 07 Apr 2015)

International Debut

Competing for
South Africa

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up kayaking during high school. She started competitive river kayaking in 2002, and started sprint training in 2004.
Why this sport?
Her father introduced her to the sport. "I was initially introduced to river marathon kayaking by my dad in high school, however I was more focused on school sports at that time."
Club / Team
Natal Canoe Club: Pietermaritzburg, RSA
Name of coach
Craig Mustard [national]


Olympic GamesK1 200mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro16 August 20162016Women42.06613Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK1 500mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro18 August 20162016Women2:01.89016Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK1 500mEngland, London9 August 20122012Women1:52.9233Best result
Olympic GamesK2 500mChina, Beijing23 August 20082008Women14Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Women43.25323Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mItaly, Milan22 August 20152015Women1:52.46110Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Women40.88816Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Women1:50.4963Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Women42.73717Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Duisburg31 August 20132013Women2:02.6268Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Women1:46.32616Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Women3:10.27417Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Women42.57220Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mHungary, Szeged20 August 20112011Women1:46.90610Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Women1:54.73013Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Women4:10.50119Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Women1:54.13010Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mCanada, Dartmouth15 August 20092009Women4:00.9663Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Duisburg11 August 20072007Women4:14.7375Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 500mGermany, Duisburg12 August 20072007Women1:54.24921Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak5 June 20162016Women18Latest resultBest result
World CupIndividual Kayak23 August 20152015Women23Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak10 August 20142014Women12Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak1 September 20132013Women24
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20122012Women15Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak21 August 20112011Women22Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak22 August 20102010Women12Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak7 June 20092009Women1Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak29 June 20082008Women11Best result