Adventure Sport

Kime targets Berg hat-trick

2011-06-30 13:21
Robyn Kime (John Hishin/Gameplan Media)
Cape Town - As she sets her sights on a hat-trick of victories in the Windhoek Berg River canoe marathon, Maties student Robyn Kime knows this will be by far the most competitive women’s race she has been involved in and is relishing the prospect of the fierce tussle for the title.

The final year engineering student has not been able to dedicate as much time as she would have liked to her training thanks to her study commitments, but now that she has completed her exams she has returned to her home in Pietermaritzburg to prepare for the race in warmer weather.

“It’s going to be a very different Windhoek Berg for the women this year, for a number of reasons,” says Kime. “The winner’s prize money is equal to the men’s winner, which is very important and a trend that other major races follow.”

“The women’s rules have changed and we will basically start in a batch together every day, which is going to make the racing very tight. The first two days will be critical because any lead you pick up there can be banked and you just need to stay with the bunch to preserve that.”

She is itching to race against the powerful Plett based Olympian Michéle Eray, who beat her in the Swartland marathon last month that covers a third of the Windhoek Berg course.

“Mich (Eray) might be stronger than me in flatwater speed but maybe I have an edge in the swirly water and in the trees, so it is going to be a great race.”

“If I do manage to get a gap on her on the first day or two she will try and drop me when the race gets into the long sections of flatwater,” she adds. “I just have to be able to hang onto her slip.”

Kime stepped in to fill the void left by the departure of Abbey Miedema to Canada and quickly established herself as the female pacesetter in the Windhoek Berg since settling into life as a Stellenbosch student four years ago.

With her degree almost complete, Kime is contemplating a masters year, which will allow her to keep up her paddling commitments, and retain her mark on the Windhoek Berg.

Since Cheronne Botes won the first women’s Berg title in 1978, six women have won three or more titles. Kime will be keen to make her name the seventh on that list this year.

The Windhoek Berg River Canoe Marathon takes place from July 13-16, 2011, preceded by a time trial on July 12.

More information can be found at


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which of the following floats your Extreme Sports boat?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.