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Namibian canoeists do well at African championship

Namibian canoeists do well at African championship

Staff Reporter

WINDHOEK resident and ardent rowing sport athlete, Anton Jacobie Jr has been voted the best competitor in the Open Tournament of the African Canoe Polo Championships that took place in Knysna recently.
The Namibian senior and U21 teams went to compete in the African Championships and World Championships Qualifiers.

Pictured: Anton Jacobie Jr who was voted the best player the African Canoe Polo Championships held in Knysna, South Africa recently. Namibian Canoeists in cation during the open tournament. Photos: Contribute

The two teams from the Windhoek Canoe Club also reached positions in the top eight of an international Canoe Polo tournament that was held in Baldeneysee in Essen, Germany during June.
The Essen Canoe Polo tournament is one of the biggest events of this kind in Europe where 124 teams participated in 570 games of canoe polo.
In June the two Namibian teams, a very young under-21 team and a men’s team participating in the second division of the competition reached the Top 8.
At the Knysna tournament the best canoe polo teams were determined after they won the most matches out of three during the event held at the Knysna Yacht club.

The results of the Knysna tournament are as follows:

Men:
1st – South Africa (6-4; 4-3; 4-3) World Cup (WC) Qualified
2nd – Namibia (4-6; 3-4; 3-4)

U21 Men:
1st – Namibia (5-1; 3-4; 4-3) WC Pre-Qualified
2nd -South Africa (1-5; 4-3; 3-4) WC Qualified

Women:
1st – South Africa (no other team entered) WC Qualified

U21 Women:
1st – South Africa (no other team entered) WC Qualified

Open Tournament:
1st – South African Men
2nd – Namibian Men
3rd – Namibia U21
4th – South African Men B
5th – South African U21 Men
6th – Knysna Masters
7th – South African U21 Women
8th – South African U21 Men B
9th – South African Women

Canoe polo, also known as kayak polo, is one of the competitive disciplines of kayaking, known simply as “polo” by its aficionados. It is similar to water polo but differs because the player can use their paddles to score goals and handle the ball.
Canoe polo combines boating and ball handling skills with a contact team game, where tactics and positional play are as important as the speed and fitness of the individual athletes. The game requires excellent teamwork and promotes both general canoeing skills and a range of other techniques unique to the sport.
Each team has five players on the pitch, who compete to score in their opponent’s goal, which is suspended two metres above the water. The ball can be thrown by hand, or flicked with the paddle to pass between players and shoot at the goal.
The kayaks are specifically designed for polo and are faster and lighter than typical kayaks which give them superior maneuverability.

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