N3TC Drak Challenge
Drak title defence a priority for Jenna Nisbet
Underberg – After winning the last edition of the N3TC Drak
Challenge in partnership with FNB, Durban-based paddling star Jenna Nisbet
has set her sights on retaining that title on 29 and 30 January as the start
of a wholescale reset of her sporting priorities.
The event was the first major canoeing event to be scrapped under the hard
lockdown at the beginning of 2021 and Nisbet, like so many paddlers, is
feeling the FOMO-amplified passion to get back to racing on the challenging,
clean waters of the uMzimkhulu River.
“These past two years have been really unusual. And while we have been
robbed of international events and so many major local races, we have kept
training, often without a goal in sight, “ said the Euro Steel racer.
“More than anything I need a mental break as much as I need physical rest,
so after the marathon world’s in Romania and the Fish straight after that I
have been looking forward to recharging my batteries and then starting the
new year with the Drak and then building towards the Dusi the month after
that,” said the double Drak women’s title winner.
Nisbet noted that the passionate desire to get back to paddling major events
was a global phenomenon, and she anticipates a huge turnout for the popular
Underberg classic based on that trend.
“The world’s in Romania had one of its biggest entries ever, and at the Fish
the vibe was all about enjoying being back on rivers that we love,” she
“The N3TC Drak is more than just another race, it’s the whole package that
makes it special and such a good way to start the year off,” she said.
Not that she is expecting to have an easy passage to a possible third title,
as the race always attracts the very best female river marathons in the
country, and one in particular.
“After the Liebenbergsvlei I am looking forward to lining up with Christie
Mackenzie again, I love racing against her!” said Nisbet.
“She has this uncanny ability to bounce back from any mishaps, which makes
her such a strong competitor. I remember reading an article before the last
Drak in which Christie said on the Drak you simply cannot afford to make a
mistake, and you have to beat Jenna!” she noted.
With that in mind, expect to see Nisbet and the rest of her family in
Underberg over the end of year holidays as she banks more experience on the
tight and technical uMzimkhulu River.
“I think I have done twelve Draks now and I have raced it and tripped it at
just about every possible river level, so that experience really comes in
handy,” said Nisbet.
Her training and racing schedule is moulded to a large degree by her career
as a teacher, so the N3TC Drak falling at the end of the holidays suits
“I watch the race WhatsApp groups like a hawk and if there is water in the
river I don’t need any excuse to get up there and paddle. It’s a great
weekend away in this beautiful part of the Berg and a chance to trip and
train in this amazing river.”
The N3TC Drak
Challenge canoe marathon takes place in Underberg on 29 and 30 January 2022. More information can be found at
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Jenna Nisbet has confirmed she
will be back to defend her women's title at the N3TC Drak Challenge in
partnership with FNB in Underberg on 29 and 30 January 2022. “I think I have
done twelve Draks now and I have raced it and tripped it at just about every
possible river level, so that experience really comes in handy,” said Nisbet.
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