2016 FNB Dusi Canoe
Large SCARC contingent ready for FNB Dusi 2016
Johannesburg – The Soweto Canoe and Recreation Club have developed into
a club to be reckoned with in South African paddling circles and the team
from Gauteng will once again provide a fair percentage of the elite paddlers
tackling the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 18-20 February.
One of the shining lights of the development programme from Soweto has been
Siseko Ntondini. The young paddler has grown as a paddler tremendously of
late and with the support of the programme as well as the partnership that
he has struck with paddling veteran Len Jenkins, Ntondini is hopeful that
they can push for a podium spot.
Following an impressive second place performance at the recent Campbell’s to
Dusi Bridge race, the pair have secured themselves a place on one of the
front two rows of the FNB Dusi’s prestigious A Batch when the race starts at
Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg.
Although this will not be an individual effort, Ntondini who finished 21st
in last year’s Dusi, will be looking to change his fortune this year by
flying the SCARC flag high in his attempt to follow in the footsteps of the
talented Loveday Zondi by representing Soweto’s paddlers in the top ten.
SCARC has made great strides in the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon race in recent
years with its members’ regular top performances having earned much respect
from the paddling community of South Africa.
Mike Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business, says “SCARC is a great inspiration to
young people, sport-men and women across the country. This team has proven
that regardless of your background, with hard work, commitment and
dedication, almost anything is achievable with the right mind-set”.
“Eleven years ago, when SCARC was first established, with the aim of
providing development opportunities to underprivileged young people from
Soweto, no one would have thought that a team of youngsters predominantly
from the Elias Motswaledi informal settlement, would be competing amongst
the cream of the crop in canoe paddling.”
Vacy-Lyle adds, “Our sponsorship of SCARC serves as a demonstration of our
commitment to youth development and this team has great potential to develop
and change the lives of young South Africans.”
While Ntondini’s partnership with Jenkins represents SCARC’s most promising
chance of securing a 2016 FNB Dusi podium, Zondi – an individual who
deserves much praise and recognition for inspiring the SCARC team to reach
the heights it has – and his partnership with Kwanda Mhlophe from KZN may
well produce a second top ten result for the team.
Both Zondi, who famously became the first black paddler to finish on the
Dusi podium in 2005 followed by an impressive second place finish at the
Non-Stop Dusi in 2013, and Mhlophe, who has already enjoyed two fourth place
finishes at the FNB Dusi, bring great pedigree to the partnership and a
wealth of knowledge of the uMsundusi and uMngeni valleys through which the
The young Under-23 pair of Thando Ngamlana and Siyabonga Tyiki are another
SCARC pair set to team up for the 2016 event and after the former having
finished the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon in eighth place overall with Zondi,
the young duo will be keenly eying a spot in the Under 23 top five.
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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Soweto Canoeing and Recreation
Club's Siseko Ntondini (back) will be searching for a 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe
Marathon podium when he takes on the three day challenge with the
experienced Len Jenkins as the pair lead the significant SCARC challenge at
the event starting from 18-20 February.
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