Veteran PMB doctor treats his family with a dose of Dusi spirit

2015-02-23 00:00

EVERY finishing competitor of the ­Dusi Canoe Marathon has their own glorious story to tell.

One such story is of local doctor Richard Anderson.

A well-known doctor at Hayfields Medicross for more than 18 years, ­Anderson started his Dusi journey in 1973 and has now completed the race 19 times, and at least once with each of his three children.

This year, Anderson completed the K2 race with his son Roger (34) in 16 hours.

In 2008, he completed the race with his second son Jon (31), and then again with his daughter Kelly (29) in 2011.

“I felt the it was my responsibility to make sure my children got through and the fact that they trusted me to get them through is reward in itself,” Anderson said yesterday.

“At no time did they feel embarrassed to be paddling with an old ballie.”

Anderson’s family of sportsmen and women are moulded on his love for sport.

His son Jon currently plays for the Irish national cricket team, his daughter Kelly played in the tennis Federation Cup, his eldest son Roger competed in the tennis Davis Cup, and his wife Judy is the current club champion of golf at the Victoria Country Club.

Roger, who currently lives in Florida, told The Witness yesterday this was his first Dusi and it was “incredible and more than [I] expected”.

“I really got a thrill out of it and it’s great to come back home to where you grew up and experience it in this way,” he said.

“It’s even more special to have done it with my dad and I felt like I was in very good hands.”

Anderson said he hopes to take part with his wife next year in the K2 race and Roger added that he will be back to tackle the K1 race in the future.

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