5FM’s ‘Ginger Ninja’ is back for the Dusi

2014-02-07 00:00

SUPERSPORT and 5FM personality, the “Ginger Ninja” Sias du Plessis, is gearing up for his third and final Dusi Canoe Marathon next week.

Du Plessis, who reads the sports news on Gareth Cliff’s morning show on 5FM, will be doing this year’s Dusi with 2002 winner Deon Bruss, and will be out to enjoy the race, unlike the previous two years.

“We’re not doing it with any kind of expectation this year. We’re just doing it for the pure enjoyment of it,” Du Plessis,­ who grew up in Durban, told The Witness.

“In the previous two years, I’ve been part of a challenge where I was racing other celebrities. We got caught up in that and it was quite competitive. This year is about taking in the race and enjoying it. I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

Having grown up in Durban — he used to go down to Blue Lagoon to catch the finish — he fell in love with the race and what it was about.

“There’s something special about the challenge, and the paddlers are a great bunch. There’s always banter going around. It’s definitely a challenge. It’s one of those races you can look back on and feel that you’ve achieved something,” Du Plessis said.

Due to his busy schedule with SuperSport and 5FM, Du Plessis wasn’t able to put in a lot of training time, and said he mainly did a lot of running, spinning and a little boxing.

It was also due to his commitments that he was thinking of making this year’s Dusi his final. However, he did not rule out coming back in the future, perhaps partnering the other legendary South African ginger Shaun Pollock.

“Maybe sometime down the line you might see the two of us in a boat together, you never know. I know one thing though, it would be a very fiery affair,” he said.

“Polly also does a lot of talking, so he’d keep me entertained.”

The Dusi Canoe Marathon will begin at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday morning and finish at Durban’s Blue Lagoon on Saturday.

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