Prescient Freedom Paddle secures key partnerships

The Prescient Freedom Paddle, set for the 24th October 2020, is partnering with local businesses to support its competitive journey around Robben Island for surfski, SUP, prone and Ocean Skull paddlers.

Treble has been integral to the operations and securing sponsors that have ensured the seamless planning and putting together of this event during these testing times. The synergy of these partnerships has proven invaluable to ensure the safety and success of all those competing in the Prescient Freedom Paddle, which was postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

One of the most important partnerships is with the City of Cape Town (COCT), who have allowed the event to proceed under strict compliance protocols, while still being mindful of its significance. Alderman JP Smith (Mayoral Committee Member for Safety & Security) has been encouraged by the magnitude of putting this event together and the added value it brings to the Mother City.

“The Freedom Paddle is one of the new, exciting additions to our annual events calendar and in such a short space of time it has become popular among enthusiasts as well as professional kayakers.  The City of Cape Town is proud to partner with and support the Freedom Paddle, an event that honours the history of this city. We look forward to hosting the competitors in our beautiful city and for them to experience the magic of the Cape Town surf.”

Treble is mindful of the difficult current circumstances and are extremely grateful for the contribution of all parties including welcoming Coca Cola Peninsula Beverages on board as a new partner, along with the continued support of the event partners in Euro Steel, Dunlop, Mocke Paddling, Department of Culture and Sport (Western Cape Government), Carbonology Sport, Brians Kayaks and Devils Peak.

Race Director, Rob Tindall, has been overwhelmed by the positive support from all sectors. “It’s really not possible to host these events without the support of local authorities and business and we are just thrilled to have kept past partnerships and even secured new ones, giving us great hope that we are putting something together that stands for more than the physical achievement of circumnavigating the island. We wish to showcase the Freedom of ALL South Africans.”

Tindall also echoed his gratitude for the new race title sponsor, Prescient, who have ensured they stayed the course during uncertain times and have provided much needed support to ensure the race can proceed.  Those who are fortunate enough to be there and earn the 2020 finishers medal will remember this race for more than just one reason.

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Prescient Freedom Paddle Sponsorship Announcement

Organisers of the Freedom Paddle are pleased to announce that Prescient has partnered with them as the title sponsors of an iconic event that has become a firm favourite on the paddling calendar. In a celebration of the freedom of Surfski paddling, Prescient’s core values are in alignment with the resilience and team camaraderie required for competitive paddling.

Already in its third year, the Freedom Paddle sees competitors paddling around Robben Island – South Africa’s symbol of freedom. Having Prescient on board will further enhance the magnitude of this event, which was scheduled to take place on Freedom Day (27 April) – a day that celebrates our country’s unique journey to freedom.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown restrictions implemented by the President of South Africa, the Freedom Paddle was postponed to a later date and we are glad to announce that it will now take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020. The Freedom Paddle takes place from the Oceana Power Boat Club at the V&A Waterfront, around Robben Island and back, a distance of 27 kilometres. The journey around the Island will hold major significance for those who complete the race as it will acknowledge the restrictions of the past few months and give them the opportunity to recognize their freedom from restrictions and restraints.

Prescient believes slow and steady wins the race – an approach that will serve the paddlers well if they want to make a strong finish – and is core to their business approach, which allows them to remain surefooted and steadfast in their mission to serve their valued clients.

The Freedom Paddle organising committee extends its heartfelt gratitude to Prescient for its overwhelming support to take the Freedom Paddle to a whole new level. “We are over the moon to have Prescient join the team. Freedom Paddle has always been about paddlers supporting paddlers and Prescient fits that philosophy well,” says Race Committee Head, Robin Tindall.

“Several of the Prescient guys are long-time members of our paddling community. The Freedom Paddle is about celebrating the freedom this country has achieved after a long struggle and against all odds. It is about connecting with that struggle with a tough Surfski paddle, pushing through and achieving the goal of finishing.

“Prescient has the same values with their objective of staying the course and delivering results through commitment and follow-through. For me personally, this partnership makes it possible for us to stage a Surfski race that is world-class and something every South African paddler can be proud of,” Tindall said.

Over its 22-year journey Prescient has grown from humble beginnings to a multinational company that spans sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and Asia. It services a broad range of clients across several disciplines around the world.

“Prescient has always believed in the power of partnerships – with its staff, community, clients and companies. Their client-centric philosophy, approach and process, combined with a strong competitive and entrepreneurial spirit, has resulted in substantial growth” says Craig Mockford, Executive Director Fund Services.

When others zig and zag, Prescient stays in formation – delivering exceptional results for their clients, to remain on course to achieve their goals, even during the most turbulent market conditions and when others falter.

The organisers of the Prescient Freedom Paddles intention is to hold the event on 24th October. We have appointed Event Plan and Medics in Motion to assist with the entire event compliance and safety plan. CSAs Covid-19 protocols have been provided and we have engaged with the City Health and Safety Officer and National Health Department to ensure the event is complaint. The events application has been accepted for consideration by the City of Cape Town and we await approval. We are being guided by the National Government and National Health Department Covid-19 regulations throughout the process and all measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of all participants and crew. At this time, we are confident that the event will go ahead as planned, however final confirmation can only be determined closer to the event in line with National Governments adjusted risk assessment protocols.