2016 FNB Dusi Canoe
Khwela and Nkhoesa committed to FNB Dusi 2016
Pietermaritzburg – Following a roller coast two months that was brought
about through the unfortunate stabbing of up and coming paddling star
Banetse Nkhoesa at his Shongweni home, he and Sbonelo Khwela have nailed
down their intentions of taking on the 2016 FNB Dusi together despite the
tough few months.
The stabbing, that occurred in the middle of December, has had a significant
effect on Nkhoesa who is still in the process of regaining full use of his
lung after it was punctured during the assault.
Despite the road to recovery being a long and intense one, Nkhoesa will be
back in the boat with his Euro Steel partner and 2014 FNB Dusi Canoe
Marathon winner Khwela as the pair look to pick up the pieces of their Dusi
“Our goals have changed dramatically recently and we have changed our mind
sets towards the Dusi this year,” a relaxed Nkhoesa said at the Prime Human
Performance Institute where he has spent much of his recovery. “We are now
in a position that winning is probably not an option but we have said that
if we are given an opportunity, we will take it!”
With a chance to win his first Dusi Canoe Marathon title all but gone,
Nkhoesa three-day journey from Pietermaritzburg to Durban with Khwela will
take on a new light.
“We have taken the pressure off ourselves and we just want to see how well
we can do!”
For Khwela, it has been an equally tough period as he has found himself
partnerless on not one but two occasions after his interim partner Nhlanhla
Cele badly injured his shoulder in Johannesburg during the Euro Steel
Highveld croc, leaving the defending K2 champion in limbo.
“It is great to have Banetse back even though he is still recovering from
the stab wound and everything has changed for us!” Khwela mentioned.
“I am just glad that he is feeling good and ready to paddle.
“We are now just hoping to have as much fun as we can!”
Nkhoesa has been helped in principle by Dr. Kevin Subban at the Prime Human
Performance Centre courtesy of his involvement in the KZN Department of
Sport and Recreation backed Elite Athlete Development Programme and, with
Subban’s wealth of experience, Khwela knows his paddling partner is in good
“Having a person like Dr. Subban helping Banetse is incredible for him and
he has helped him out so much since his incident which we are very grateful
“I am just really happy that I am able to get back into a boat with him.
“We will just take the race day by day until the finish,” a circumspect
Despite being back in a boat with Nkhoesa, Khwela is still worried about a
few things as the pair haven’t been able to practice their portaging
“I am just worried about our running; it is something that we haven’t been
able to do so the portaging is going to be difficult.
“All of the other crews are starting to taper off with the Dusi under a
month away but we are in the complete opposite position at the moment!”
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 a period of uncertainty
following a dramatic stabbing of Banetse Nkhoesa in December however he has
recovered remarkably and will reunite with Euro Steel team mate Sbonelo
Khwela for the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon when the 120km race from
Pietermaritzburg to Durban takes place from 18-20 February.
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