Welcome to the Western Cape Canoe Union! We are a diverse group of paddlers who love the outdoors, rivers, sea and of course the thrills. There are 11 different paddling disciplines in South Africa, not all disciplines are found in every province – often due to geographical restraints.
HISTORY OF WESTERN CAPE CANOE UNION
The WCCU was founded in 1962 with Oom Willem van Riet as its first chairman. It was originally known as ‘Westelike Provinsie Kano-Vereniging’ and the first project it tackled was the Berg River Marathon. Soon afterwards the first club in Western Province was founded in August 1962. This was Paarl Canoe Club (PRL), which then affiliated itself to the then WPKV. In order to accommodate other paddlers in the Western Cape, two further clubs, ‘Bellville’ and ‘Skiereiland’, were founded and affiliated to WPKV, which changed its name to Western Province Canoe Union (WPCU).
In 2004 the name was changed to Western Cape Canoe Union (WCCU) due to changes of the boundaries of the various Provinces by Government. The latter two clubs eventually changed their names to ‘Milnerton’ (MIL) and ‘Peninsula’ (PEN) respectively.
In 1966 the Breede River Canoe Club (BRE) was founded and in 1970, Stellenbosch (US) and in 1972, UCT (UCT) and the Navy Clubs. The name of the latter was later changed to Defence Western Province. It became inactive after 1993 and was resurrected in 2000 as Simon’s Town Military Canoe Club (SIM).
The Upington Canoe Club was founded in 1997, which later affiliated to the Central Districts Canoe Union in 2007. Then came Langebaan (LAN), which started its affiliation process in 2003, followed by Harmony (WHR), which started its affiliation process in 2007.
In 2008 Century City Canoe Club (CTY) was formed on the canals of Century City, in 2010 a purely Surfski club, Cape Town Surfski was formed under the auspices of Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club. Western Cape Canoe Polo at the V&A Waterfront as well as at Century City (Canoe Polo Development Club) and Khayalitsha Canoe Club, a purely development and transformation based club are the latest clubs to sign on to the WCCU.