Jordy sprints his way to the top
Updated: Aug 16, 2019
Jordy Malherbe (17) placed seventh in the B 1000m finals at the Sprint World Cup, an exceptional feat for an athlete who is a year younger for his age category.
Competing in Romania this weekend as part of the South African team, Malherbe showed his world class that won him three gold medals at the Northern German Championships last month.
Equally impressive was fellow East Londoner and Clarendon Girls High School pupil, Zara Wood’s gold medal also at the same championship. In Romania, Malherbe took part in the junior boys 500m and 1 000m K1 races.
At last year’s World Championships in Bulgaria he made two B Finals where he finished third in the 1 000m final.
The Grade 11 Stirling pupil spent the last two months training in Germany under one of the best coaches in the world, Jan Francik.
He has been exposed to the highest level of training and coaching, which sometimes involves training for up to five times a day. Young Malherbe believes the experience he is gaining at the World Championship will stand him in good stead for his next event which is the Olympic Hope Games taking place in September.
He will be joined by fellow East London sprint stars, Jade Wilson (Merrifield College) and Caitlin Elliot (Clarendon Girls High) who are just starting out their sprinting careers.
Sprint Kayaking is the gateway sport to the Olympic Games in canoeing and the ultimate goal for all aspiring young sprinters.