Robyn Kime: I’m very proud of my brother

2013-02-18 00:00

THE Dusi history book was rewritten on Saturday afternoon when Pietermaritzburg’s Lance and Robyn Kime became the first sibling pair to win the men’s and women’s K1 titles at this year’s Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon. Robyn claimed her fourth overall victory and Lance his first.

Robyn said the win was very special for the family, especially since they have grown up in Pietermaritzburg.

“… It’s been such an important part of our lives,” she said.

“I’m very proud of my brother. I’ve won it a couple of times, and he’s been steadily improving over the years.”

The siblings are studying civil engineering at Stellenbosch University. Lance is in his fourth undergraduate year and Robyn is busy with her second year of masters.

Lance said: “Every year we’d go down to The Witness weir and it was always special to see the people we knew. They were heroes back then,” he said.

He decided to get involved after seeing his sister take part.

“We’ve never really been a canoeing family. I used to second for Robyn when she was in high school, and that’s how I got into it.”

He said they would both be working towards defending their titles next year.

Robyn can expect competition in a few years from Candy Mvundla (18), of Imbali, who plans to compete in the K1 in a few years.

The Zamazulu High schoolgirl, who lives with her unemployed mother, was taking part in her second Dusi, but her first in the K1 section, where she paddled alone.

“For this year, what was important was that I finished the race. Next year, I’ll be doing the K2 again, and then I’ll talk with my coach about what chances I have in 2015 in the K1. I’ll be working towards a top five finish in my age category,” Mvundla said.

Crossing the finish line on Saturday, she burst into tears. “I cried when I saw my mother and my brother on the side, cheering me on. It’s been a really tough race.”

She said her race had its fair share of drama.

“On day two on the way to Inanda Dam, I lost my paddle. I got out of my boat and I just cried.

“Luckily some other paddlers came by and they had a spare paddle.”

She plans to finish her matric and then study sports management.

Idols judge Unathi Msengana finished the race ahead of the other celebrities.

“I was the first celebrity to finish today, but Sias [du Plessis of 5fm] beat me overall by three minutes. It was amazing, one of the best experiences of my life. I’d do it again any day. I hope to come back,” she said.

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