Soweto Canoe and Recreation Club

An ADreach social development initiative that aims to uplift previously disadvantaged communities, such as those in Soweto, through the power of sport.

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Our History

SCARC is the brainchild of ADreach CEO, Brad Fisher, himself an avid paddler. He founded the club in 2003 after noticing a serious absence of black paddlers in the sport, particularly in Gauteng.

In an effort to give back to people who could really benefit from the sport in the same way he had, Fisher worked with the Emmarentia based Dabulamanzi Canoe Club to develop a similar club in Soweto.

SCARC has produced some of the most exciting up and coming paddlers in the country; including Siseko Ntondini, who became the first black South African to receive a podium place at the Hansa Fish Canoe Marathon in 2015.

Ntondini, and several other SCARC paddlers, have since gone on to win a number of gold medals at the Dusi Canoe Marathon; considered one of the world’s toughest river races.

What We Do

SCARC is an excellent example of quality sports development in action, and such initiatives are fast becoming the future of paddling in South Africa. Not only does SCARC focus on developing young people using sport, but its members are supported in the following areas…



Completing school, aptitude testing, furthering their studies upon matriculation


Career guidance, shadow employment, personal development courses (sponsored by FirstRand)


Career placement within ADreach and other businesses.

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SCARC is a registered NGO that is not funded by government and is completely self-reliant and survives solely on donations from businesses and the public. If you wish to contribute financially, kindly fill in the contact form.

We have been very lucky to have the support from a few dedicated sponsors.

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SCARC is based at Power Park in Soweto, with paddlers practicing on the Orlando Dam, as well as at the Dabulamanzi Club in Emmarentia.

Steve Jourdan