N3TC Drak Challenge
N3TC affords Change a Lifers unique Drak Challenge experience
Underberg – Martin Dreyer’s Computershare Change a Life Academy has
become the shining light of canoeing development in South Africa and Drak
Challenge title sponsors N3TC have invited members of the academy to enjoy a
four day training camp in Underberg as they prepare for the two-day Drak
Challenge from 23 to 24 January and the rest of the KZN river marathon
Founder of the Change a Life Academy Martin Dreyer believes that this is a
great opportunity for the academy’s paddlers to familiarise themselves with
the famous stretch of water in what will be a first for many of the paddlers
in the academy.
“N3TC have very generously offered our Change a Life Zulus a four day
pre-Drak training camp where they will be staying at Glenhaven,” an
appreciative Dreyer said. “It will be great for the guys to get up there a
few days early to trip and just enjoy being on the river for a few days
“It will be a serious few days’ preparation and I am sure the guys will use
those days well in the build up to the Drak as well as with the FNB Dusi in
In the past the Drak Challenge has been a race that the Change a Life
Academy charges have taken on without much prior knowledge of the uMzimkhulu
River or it’s rapids. With this training camp though, they should be able to
gain invaluable knowledge before this year’s race begins.
“It is a really technical river and in the past some of the guys have taken
some nasty swims!
“Being up there beforehand, the younger guys will be able to get to know the
river better and it is a wonderful opportunity for the guys to get to know
some of the sections before Drak.
“The region also provides them with perfect surroundings to hone their river
skills as well as get in some Dusi training by incorporating some portages
up and down the area’s spectacular mountains into their training sessions,”
Having the chance to train on the uMzimkhulu River is something that Dreyer
hopes will be appreciated by the academy as they prepare for a busy period
culminating in the Dusi Canoe Marathon towards the end of February.
“It is one of the best sections of river that you can paddle as it offers
very little room for error which will be great for our paddlers’ skills.
“It is an area that has always impressed me as a training ground and I hope
that the guys will take full advantage of the great conditions, clean river
and awesome environment when they get up there to train!” mentioned Dreyer.
With the Drak Challenge being rainfall dependant, Dreyer is wary of the fact
that he to give careful consideration to who of his paddlers he extends
N3TC’s generous invitation to.
“We don’t want to take up young guys who are only comfortable in C-Grade
rivers because we know what the uMzimkhulu can produce; it is important that
we have guys who can handle themselves in varying river conditions,” he
With the Change a Life Academy growing every year Dreyer has had to limit
the amount of paddlers that he takes up to the Drak Challenge with a strict
criteria and standard needing to be met in order to be on the bus heading to
“With such a big academy I can’t take everyone up which means that we will
be taking up the guys that have been training hard in the off-season and
looking after themselves.
“It is a great opportunity for the guys and we only want to take the guys
that are the most deserving of it!” reiterated Dreyer.
The N3TC Drak Challenge takes place on Saturday 23 and
Sunday 24 January 2016.
information can be found at www.drak.co.za
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The N3TC Drak Challenge 2015 Logo - JPeg
Having always relied on prior
knowledge of the river when they get to the N3TC Drak Challenge, Martin
Dreyer's Change a Life Academy paddlers have been afforded the chance to
enjoy a four day pre-Drak training camp in Underberg through the generous
sponsorship of N3TC.
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