The Rhodes University Canoe Club has got to be one of the most unique, if not the most unique sports clubs at Rhodes. We are a fairly new club, since we were only established in 2003, but we have gone from strength to strength very quickly. From a group of friends, who were all passionate canoeists, deciding to start a canoe club over a drink at the Rat and Parrot, the club is now a fully functional, very successful club as can be seen from our 2010 stats, where we won Club of the Year, Committee of the Year and our 2010 chairman, Jess Goble was named Administrator of the Year.
We focus on river paddling, and attend as many of the river races as we can on the calendar especially all the main races. Fish River Canoe Marathon doubles as the main inter-varsity competition and thus is our club’s biggest highlight of the year, proving that we are both a very competitive and a very social club.
Our training takes place at the stunning Settlers Dam in Thomas Baines Nature Reserve, which is about a 15km drive outside Grahamstown, thus a great way to get out of Grahamstown for a few hours for a break from studies and the res/campus/town environment.