Warehouse Push And Pull Paddle Media Release
6 Aug 2019
: Dave Macleod
Dusi champ joins Push And Pull Paddle women's race
Paarl – Dusi champ Christie Mackenzie has slipped in a late
entry for the Bamboo Warehouse Push And Pull Paddle this
weekend, spicing up what is already a highly competitive women’s
The 2nd year psychology student is close to the event organisers
and this weekend arranged for her entry for the three-day race
that starts on Women’s Day on Friday at the Val de Vie Estate
“It is going to be awesome to be part of this event, especially
in its first year,” said the Euro Steel athlete, who earned her
place in the national marathon team to China in October with two
good results at the recent SA Championships at Cradle Moon in
The Under 23 racer has battled with illness since then which has
hampered her training, but says she seems to have turned the
corner in the past fortnight.
“It has been frustrating being in and out of training, but for
the first time I have managed to get in two weeks of solid
training,” she said.
“The race will be a really good way to get that race spirit
going, because it is quite easy to get complacent in training,”
Mackenzie hit the headlines earlier in the year when she won the
FNB Dusi women’s title in a nail-biting encounter with Tamika
Haw that ended in a sprint to the finish at Blue Lagoon.
She went on to finish second in the Under 23 K1 race at the SA
Marathon Champs and then teamed up with Bridgette Hartley to win
the national senior women’s gold medals.
“I have been training in my marathon boat a lot this week so I
will get back into my river boat to get used to it again,” said
the Varsity College student.
She added that she was excited by the race’s plan to pay tribute
to females in canoeing on Women’s Day on the first stage on
“It is an amazing idea to honour women in Women’s Day. What
makes it exciting is to see the size and quality of the women’s
field that has responded to the efforts by the race to
acknowledge women,” she said.
Mackenzie will have to square up to the likes of Bianca Beavitt,
Bianca Haw, Tracey Oellerman, Kim van Gysen and a big field of
women, including Stand Up Paddlerboarders that will populate the
first batch to get under way on Friday afternoon for the 16 km
leg into Paarl.
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FNB Dusi K1 champion
Christie Mackenzie has confirmed a late entry for the new
Bamboo Warehouse Push And Pull Paddle from 9 to 11 August.
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