Adie showdown at Drak, Dusi off as Alex pulls out

2015-01-15 00:00

THE eagerly anticipated Adie twins’ clash for top honours at both the ­upcoming N3TC Drak Challenge and Dusi Canoe Marathon has disappointingly been ended before it even began as Alex Adie has been forced out of both contests after suffering a serious left shoulder tendon injury in a surfski accident in Cape Town late last year.

While her twin sister Abby (Natal Canoe Club/Kayak Centre) has become the country’s leading all-round female river marathoner in recent times, Alex’s career has been plagued with injuries with her latest misfortune now added to a long list of progress-halting mishaps.

With five-time Dusi winner Robyn Kime not to play any role in the 2015 women’s mix due to her international travels, Alex was being tipped as the strongest threat to her sibling Abby’s title challenge. With Abby having played second fiddle to Kime on all five occasions that Kime has won the Dusi, many were relishing an Adie twins showdown in 2015 as Abby looked to secure a maiden Dusi title and Alex was out to show she is just as capable as her arguably better known sister.

“Unfortunately there is very little news to report on as far as paddling goes for me at this stage as I’ve torn a tendon in my left shoulder, which is still quite sore, and I’ll probably only be able to start training again towards the end of February,” explains a disappointing Alex Adie.

“I tore it in a Sea Dog Paddle Series surfski race a couple of weeks before the Cape Point Challenge at the end of last year.”

Despite seeking multiple medical opinions, the news disappointingly ­remained the same.

The ill-timed paddling mishap has forced Adie off the water and unable to challenge her sister in Underberg’s annual on January 24 and 25 as well as the iconic three-day Pietermaritzburg to Durban clash, however the young talent remains upbeat and active. “With me not being able to paddle I’m now going to look to focus on my trail running as I prepare to tackle the African X race with a friend in March,” she said.

The 64th edition of the Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Blue ­Lagoon in Durban from February 19 to 21. More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za

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