2016 FNB Dusi Canoe
Ward upbeat after Dusi partner Kiszli's arrival
Durban – Having forged a formidable combination with Abby Solms in
recent months, Jenna Ward’s FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon partner Vanda Kiszli,
the Hungarian Under-23 Marathon World Champion, has arrived in the country
and has hit the ground running as they prepare for the 18-20 February
The Ward and Solms combination was in fine form with wins at all of the
major FNB Dusi seeding races so far including the Umpetha Challenge, Ozzie
Gladwin Canoe Marathon presented by Parklane Superspar and the StaminGro 50
“Abby and my results have come as quite a shock to me to be honest!” Ward
“I thought that we would do well in the women’s field but I didn’t expect to
do as well in the men’s race!” she added after her and Solms finished the 50
Miler in fourteenth place in the overall field.
With the recent arrival of Ward’s partner from Hungary, it is going to be an
interesting month and a half for the pair as they build up for the iconic
three-day journey with Ward having to get Kiszli up to speed on river
“Vanda arrived on 4 January so it does give us quite a bit of time in the
boat and hopefully enough time to get her up to speed with river racing – I
don’t think she has ever done a river race before!
“I know that she is an incredibly strong paddler so I don’t think that we
will have any problems on the water but we will have to do quite a bit of
running in our preparations!” Ward mentioned.
Following an interesting initial Skype call to get acquainted, Kiszli's
arrival has prompted her to learn English quickly and Ward has been
impressed by the speed with which she is learning.
With the women’s race expected to be a closely fought race Ward has
earmarked a few crews that she believes her and Kiszli are going to have to
watch out for over the three days.
“Abby (Solms) and Anna (Kožíšková) are definite favourites going into the
race, something that I don’t think anyone can argue with, but it is the Dusi
and anything can happen so we will definitely try and put as much pressure
“Cana (Peek) and Kyeta (Purchase) are another really strong crew, even
though they will also be racing in the junior category I think they will be
tough to beat,” a wary Ward mentioned.
Despite the excitement of a tight ladies race Ward feels that there is more
at stake for them than just racing the other ladies.
“The Dusi is always two races in one. Racing in the ladies race but also
trying to race against the men and do as well as you can against them.
“It always adds a different dimension to the race and with a lot of men
around us it will keep us focused,” explained Ward.
Ward’s Dusi experience is something that she is hoping to draw on in
February and although she won’t have too much time in the front of the boat
between the Festive season and the race she is not too fazed.
“I am actually glad that I am going to be at the front of the boat again, I
really enjoy driving.
“I have learnt a lot from Abby in the last few weeks, however, thinking back
on it, I like to believe I would have done a lot of the same things that
Abby did in terms of lines down rapids, etc. so I am confident that I can do
the same come Dusi time.
“I have never been this prepared for a Dusi before and with a low one
expected we are going to have to do a lot of running training so it’s going
to be a serious push now that Vanda has arrived!” a focused Ward added.
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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Despite forming a formidable
partnership with Abby Solms, Jenna Ward (back) and powerful Hungarian Under 23 Marathon Champion Vanda Kisli
are ready to go as they prepare to tackle the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from
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