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Young athletes clean up Victoria Lake

“We decided to clean our lake because that is where we play and spend time, and we want to play in clean water.”

Swim2Paddle boys, with the guidance of their coaches, cleaned up Victoria Lake.

“The youngsters did an amazing job of cleaning up the lake,” said chairperson of canoeing Wayne Saunders.

“The young athletes assisted with the clean-up of the lake. Now the lake is litter-free water to swim, canoe and exercise in.”

The athletes cleaned the lake using their kayaks and cleaned out bags of litter that have recently come into the lake because of the recent heavy rains.

Plastic bags full of rubbish that was cleaned out of the lake by Swimm2Paddle members.

“It’s a great result of many combined efforts and a fantastic group of young, enthusiastic, up-and-coming local canoeists and a way to give back to the club,” said Saunders.

Swim2Paddle is a community initiative specifically targeting youngsters who would not typically afford coaching and exposure to canoeing.

“The Victoria Lake Club Canoeing has for several years been involved with trying to introduce local schoolchildren to canoeing.

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“The sport offers numerous life skills to any youngster, including, exercise, self-discipline, adventure and the opportunity to compete,” said Saunders.

Swimm2Paddle coach Loveday Zondi said the youngsters were happy to clean up the lake.

“We decided to clean our lake because that is where we play and spend time, and we want to play in clean water.

“It was an opportunity to teach the youngster about the importance of looking after our environment and water,” said Zondi.

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Marietta Lombard (Editor) germistoncitynews@caxton.co.za,  or (Journalists) Busi Vilakazi busiv@caxton.co.za and Lebogang Sekgwama lebogangs@caxton.co.za.

 

 

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