Sias raring for 3rd Dusi

2013-12-18 00:00

‘Thank goodness for the legend that is my partner, Deon Bruss, who helps me down the river’

ONE of the country’s most prominent sporting radio voices and popular red head, Sias du Plessis has well and truly fallen prey to the Dusi bug as he prepares to take on his third Dusi Canoe Marathon with partner Deon Bruss in 2014.

A KwaZulu-Natal upbringing meant that the idea of “doing the Dusi” was always in the back of Du Plessis’s mind, and when he took the plunge in 2012 to compete in his first, the second was a definite, and although there was slight doubt initially about whether 2014 was a possibility, Du Plessis will be back in 2014 with added motivation and passion.

“Being a Durban boy, I have followed the incredible race since I can remember, and when the opportunity arose to do the famous race for a charity I feel strongly about, I jumped at the opportunity,” the Glenwood High old boy said.

“I remember watching the legends of Dusi, Graeme Pope-Ellis and company, back in the day, finishing at Blue Lagoon, and thinking that one day I would like to get a Dusi under my belt.”

Taking on an epic challenge like the Dusi Canoe Marathon is something that takes a substantial amount of preparation and for a busy man like Du Plessis, finding time to train is something that he battles with.

“Unfortunately, I don’t get enough time to train and I try to prepare as best I can with CrossFit and boxing. My biggest problem is getting time on the water, so my paddling often leaves a lot to be desired,” he said.

“Thank goodness for the legend that is my partner, Deon Bruss, who helps me down the river and through the tough patches like Inanda Dam and the stretch into Blue Lagoon.”

Heading into the epic three-day canoeing challenge from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, Du Plessis is realistic.

“I think that this year, finishing is first prize purely because of my lack of training, but to try to conquer all the big rapids is high up on the list.”

Getting to the finish of the final day at Blue Lagoon in Durban is a relief for most paddlers, but Du Plessis felt more than just relief when he crossed the line in his hometown on the Saturday of his maiden race.

“I could not believe how overwhelming it was when I crossed that line at the finish. I had tears in my eyes as we came into Blue Lagoon. The support was superb and it was such an incredible moment that as soon as we finished, I was raring to do another.”

The Dusi Canoe Marathon 2014 starts in Pietermaritzburg on February 13, 2014, and ends in Durban on February 15. More information is at www.dusi.co.za 

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