2018 FNB Dusi Canoe
Dusi part of Parkin's 902km JHB to Durban fundraiser
Pietermaritzburg - 2000 Olympic silver medallist and record setting
Deaflympics star Terence Parkin will conclude his mammoth 902km journey from
Johannesburg to Durban in aid of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation
by paddling the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 15 to 17 February.
The renowned swimmer will be raising funds for Princess Charlene's
foundation that will be focusing on drawing awareness to the dangers of
water and promoting drowning prevention amongst deaf schools.
Being brought up around events like the aQuellé Midmar Mile and the FNB Dusi
Canoe Marathon meant that Parkin has had developed a strong connection with
them over many years, and with the planets aligning in 2018 he felt it was a
perfect opportunity to take on such a daunting challenge.
“KZN is my home province (although I am based in Johannesburg at the moment)
and I have grown up with the Dusi and Midmar Mile every year.
“When I saw that Midmar and Dusi were close together, I decided to join them
with cycling and running in-between,” Parkin added casually.
Parkin famously saved a young seven year-old boy from drowning in
Johannesburg in 2011, but for the 37 year-old the journey he is undertaking,
which includes riding over 700km from Johannesburg to Howick, swimming the
Midmar Mile eight times, then running from Howick to Camps Drift for the
start of the Dusi, is geared towards helping deaf children.
"I am an ambassador for Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation that aims to
save lives by reducing drowning through water safety programmes," he said.
"I am bringing this to deaf children across South Africa. I need to raise
funds so that the programmes can be implemented in schools for the deaf and
in deaf communities. I hope to create awareness, too."
For a seven-time FNB Dusi veteran, paddling training has been on the
back-burner due to his hardcore mountain biking schedule. He will be
paddling with a Dusi veteran in the form of 15-time finisher Mark Mulder.
"I have been doing a lot of training, mainly cycling and swimming, not much
paddling though but I am confident I will manage as I have before.
"Mark will be in front, I'll just paddle," the 33-time Deaflympics medal
Parkin, who has taken to adventure racing, decided to make this journey one
to remember and tried to make it as punishing as possible for himself.
“I was inspired by the ELB Extreme Challenge which is a race between runners
in a relay and cyclists from Golden Gate to Afriski or from Johannesburg to
“I have done the Joburg to PMB race twice and the Golden Gate to Afriski
“Despite this I am feeling a bit nervous about the mountain biking leg of my
902km challenge because some of the terrain to Afriski can be really tough,”
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2000 Olympic Games silver
medallist Terence Parkin has set off on a 902km journey that culminates
in him taking part in the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon in aid of the
Princess Charlene of Monaco's Foundation's drive to draw awareness to
the dangers of water and promoting drowning prevention amongst deaf
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