Pietermaritzburg - South Africa’s canoe king, Hank
McGregor (Jeep Team), was named KwaZulu-Natal Sportsman of the Year at the 2015
KwaZulu-Natal Sports Awards ceremony in Durban over the weekend.
Award winners were decided by a panel of KZN
sports experts based on their achievements over the last 12 months.
included Bongani Yengwa (SABC Sports Analyst and Sports Management lecturer at
the Durban University of Technology), Zwelakhe Ngcobo (Isolezwe Weekend Sports
Editor), Vicky Masuku (UKhozifm Sports Broadcaster) and Tommy Ballantyne
McGregor pipped two other finalists of the
Sportsman of the Year award; swimmer Chad le Clos (Olympic Gold medallist, Commonwealth
record holder in the 50 and 100m butterfly and 2014 award winner) and
triathlete Henri Schoeman (ITU World Cup winner and African triathlon champion).
am absolutely stoked to win this award against such a class of athletes. Le
Clos and Schoeman are ferocious sportsmen at the top of their game in highly
competitive sports. Congratulations to them for their massive achievements.
They make this award all the more serious to win.”
McGregor has proved unstoppable over the
last 12 months, winning numerous international and national titles across
different paddling disciplines, including surfski, flat water and river canoe marathon, and canoe sprints. His achievements include
claiming his sixth World title at the 2015 ICF Canoe Marathon World
Championships in Hungary, winning the Maui Jim Molokai World Surfski Challenge
in Hawaii, and successfully defending his K2 national title at the South
African Flatwater Canoe Marathon Championships.
In July, McGregor became the first person
in history to win the tough 240km Berg River Canoe Marathon for a record 10th
time. He is also the current holder of the World Paddle Awards’ ‘Sportsman of
the Year’ Award.
On Saturday, he added to this glowing list
of achievements by winning Race#5 of the 2015 Illovo Suncoast Pirates Wall and
Back Surfski Series. Soon after the race, he left for Hong Kong, where he will
be competing in the Dragon Run surfski challenge, which takes place on November 21 as part of the World Surfski Series.
got the Dragon Run in Hong Kong next weekend before I come back and race Ozzie
Gladwin Canoe Marathon, the 50 Miler Canoe Marathon, South African Surfski
Champs and the Cape Point Surfski Challenge in the weeks after that, so I’ve
got some pretty big weeks of racing ahead of me!”