Those from close and afar support Dusi

2014-02-15 00:00

LARS-MAGNUS Felt and his wife Agneta Felt from Sweden came to South Africa to visit his cousin Ingrid Ussher.

Ussher — from Durban — then twisted her cousin’s arm to watch the Dusi Canoe Marathon, and yesterday they were at Inanda Dam to support Ussher’s son Mark, who was competing in his 13th Dusi with his paddling partner Greg Chapman.

“We’ve been supporting him and waving the Swedish flag,” Agneta told Weekend Witness yesterday.

“It’s our first time here,” said Lars-Magnus.

“In Sweden there is nothing like this. Canoeing and kayaking are popular, but only in the summer,” he said.

“It’s a great place to visit and we hope to be back someday,” Felt said.

Ussher said she’ll definitely be back next year when her son will once again tackle the Pietermaritzburg-to-Durban race.

Zanele and Nonkonzo Mdluli from the Valley were also at the dam, and like a lot of locals, their support was for Thulani Mbanjwa, Loveday Zondi, Sbonelo Zondi — no relation — and others.

“We support them because we know them. They come from where we come from,” Zanele said.

While driving through the Valley with other media yesterday, Weekend Witness saw some cyclists on the side of the road next to the river.

Four of them call themselves the Super Athletes from Hillcrest. They are James Davey, his wife Sharlene and their two children Ryan Davey and Jayne Struckman.

“We do it for fun,” James Davey said. “We follow the race on bicycles and we cycle along the route of the race,” he said. “We started at Cato Ridge in the morning, and we’ll finish tomorrow [Saturday] at Blue Lagoon in Durban. That’s if we don’t trip on any beers and fall into the cooler box,” he said, adding that they have been doing it for five years.

Ryan was the only one in the group who had competed in the Dusi, and said he would love to do it again in the future.

Once again, Dusi general manager Brett Austen-Smith was happy with the day’s events. “So far, so good. I’m happy with the racing, and there have been a number of minor accidents in the water, but nothing too serious,” he said.

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