Canoe Marathon Diary Note
by: Nick Tatham
Dusi seeding paramount at new-look Ozzie Gladwin
Camps Drift - The 2017 Ozzie Gladwin Canoe Marathon will take on a new
from in a weeks' time when the race moves to the Msundusi River as
opposed to it's usual Mngeni River course and gaining seeding points
will be vital for FNB Dusi title hopefuls on Sunday, 26 November.
With the cancellation of the Umpetha Challenge this year and some
much-needed rain falling over the past few days Natal Canoe Club have
decided to take over the route traditionally used by the Dusi season
opening Umpetha for the Ozzie Gladwin next weekend.
The race will provide a number of paddlers with their first glimps of
the Dusi route as they build up to the February showpiece, however a
good showing at Ozzie will put front-row seeding hunters in with a good
shout with very few seeding races available on the calendar.
The Ozzie Gladwin presents a tricky conundrum for many of the Dusi title
contenders as they are aware that they need to perform well, however
they never want to give the opposition a glimps into their early season
form as it immediately makes them a target.
Paddlers will be targeting specific races in the build up to the 2018
edition of the Dusi, however the Ozzie Gladwin seems to be almost a
non-negotiable for many of the top athletes who tend to become reclusive
in their build-up over the months of December and January.
Despite its appeal as a Dusi seeding race, the Ozzie Gladwin also
provides paddlers with a terrific early season hit-out and this year it
will have a dual-role in that it is on the FNB Dusi route.
The route will take paddlers on a lap of Camps Drift then down the river
over the Ernie Pearce Weir, through the Commercial Road Weir, down the
river until the Campbell's Farm Portage and then give the paddlers the
chance to stretch the legs over 3.1km to the finish at the Bishopstowe
From start to finish the route covers just over 17 kilometres and will
give paddlers the chance to test their Dusi skills repertoire for the
first time as they prepare for February's showdown to Durban.
Much of the appeal of the Ozzie Gladwin was that the event provided
paddlers with the chance to test their flat-water and river paddling, as
well as running skills early in the season, however it might be argued
that the 2017 route will give them more of an opportunity to test
themselves, especially on the exact route that they will use at the 2018
"Dusi seeding races are rated on an index scale with paddlers each being
given an index," Chairman of the South African Officials Association
John Oliver said.
"When race results are calculated and seedings points and times are
given, races that have lower seedings offer more points due to the field
being more competitive.
"We are having more Dusi seeding races this year which gives more
paddlers the chance to qualify for A and B Batch."
What sets the Ozzie Gladwin aside from many of the other seeding races
is that it draws the best paddlers with the lowest seeding.
The 2017 Ozzie Gladwin Canoe Marathon takes
place from Camps Drift to the Bishopstowe Hall on Sunday 26 November. More information can be found at
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The upcoming Ozzie Gladwin
Canoe Marathon will form an important part of many FNB Dusi Canoe
Marathon title hopefuls plans when the one day classic gets underway from Camps
Drift to the Bishopstowe Hall on Sunday, 26 November.
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