2016 FNB Dusi Canoe
Refreshed Kime up for Dusi challenge with partner Birkett
Pietermaritzburg – Potential super-pair of Lance Kime and Andy Birkett
have already tasted success in the early parts of the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe
Marathon season with Kime clearly rejuvenated by a lengthy sabbatical from
The victory for the pair at the competitive Ozzie Gladwin Canoe Marathon set
them up as one of the crews to beat at the 2016 Pietermaritzburg to Durban
showpiece and the early rise for the pair seemed to come unexpectedly.
“We really didn’t think that we would go as well as we did at Ozzie,”
mentioned a surprised Kime. “We are still sorting out a couple of issues but
“We just couldn’t catch Hank (McGregor) and Jasper (Mocké) on the dam which
we sort of expected because they are a really strong crew.
“On the whole I think we have been going pretty well so that’s good for us
Kime’s eight month sabbatical from the sport began after the Non-Stop Dusi
this year and the break seems to have been just the tonic that the Euro
Steel star needed.
“The biggest thing that I have missed is the training and being fit,” he
“When you have those endorphins running through you, you feel great so I
have got that motivation to train back which is something I think I was
lacking towards the end.
“It’s not that daily grind that it used to feel like which is great and with
the only bit of paddling I have being on a sit-on-top it is good to get back
into a proper boat and train hard.
“It wasn’t difficult getting back into the rhythm either. I find it more
difficult to get back into it after a few weeks off to be honest,” he added
The Euro Steel pair of Kime and Birkett, who have a combined seven Dusi
titles between them, have a mountain of Dusi experience and with a low Dusi
expected the decision on who was going to sit in the front of the boat was
not a difficult one.
“With a low river expected I am going to sit in the front.
“The lighter paddler should sit in the front of the boat but the driving bit
became a bit of a problem at 50 Miler recently!
“I haven’t driven that section of river in a few years so had to rely on
Andy’s backseat driving skills to get us through some of the sections!”
mentioned Kime with a smile.
Kime, who has been travelling through Europe, is the first to admit that he
was short on fitness training whilst exploring the Northern Hemisphere and
knows that with some tough combinations challenging for the Dusi title they
will have their work cut out for them.
“We know that Sbonelo (Khwela) and Banetse (Nkhoesa) are going to be
unbelievably strong runners and that Hank (McGregor) and Jasper (Mocké) are
so strong paddling.
“We think that we have got quite a good balance between the two but we still
have a lot of work to do before the race in February.
“I have been short on running training while I have been travelling but I
managed to do quite a bit of hiking towards the end of my time in Europe so
I don’t think that I am too far off,” he said.
The FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg
to Blue Lagoon, Durban from 18-20 February 2016. More
information can be found at www.dusi.co.za
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Having returned recently from an
eight month sabbatical from competitive paddling Euro Steel's Lance Kime has
joined Andy Birkett as they mount a challenge for the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe
Marathon title from 18-20 February.
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