2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon Press Release

 No: dusi1916

30 Jan 2019

Embargo: None

 Written by: Dave Macleod


Rugby legend Terblanche ready to try the Dusi

Pietermaritzburg - Former Springbok and Sharks rugby star Stefan Terblanche has added his name to the entry for the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 14 to 16 February after agreeing to paddle in a K2 with former rugby team mate Justin Swart.

Swart is a veteran of the race, with 12 finishes to his credit, struck the deal with his friend Terblanche after being approached to help him with paddling training.

“I did an adventure race in New Zealand that involved hiking, mountain biking, pack-rafting and some kayaking, so I asked Justin, as a Dusi pro, for help,” said Terblanche. “The deal was based on an agreement that I would then do a Dusi with him.

“As a Durbanite I get to the finish of the Dusi every year and watch the guys and girls finishing the race and it has been on my bucket list for a while,” said Terblanche, who played 37 tests for the Springboks and over 100 matches for the Sharks.

He has a close connection to canoeing as his niece is Caitlin McKenzie, one of the most promising juniors coming up through the ranks.

“The Dusi is such a big event and I think everyone wants to be part of it,” Terblanche explained, after completing the proficiency tests required for a novice to enter a major race.

He will get more experience on a river by taking on the second stage of the N3TC Drak Challenge in partnership with FNB next weekend in Underberg with Swart in a K2.

“I know the Dusi is going to be hard. I can see that on the face of every finisher at Blue Lagoon. But I love challenging myself,” he explained.

“I could challenge myself with a 10km run, but the Dusi challenge is taking me out of my comfort zone and forcing me to push myself again.

“This race demands respect. In addition to the physical demands of paddling and running with the boat, there are danger elements which need to be taken seriously. I will make sure that I go into the Dusi well prepared.

“I will be nervous, but I am really looking forward to it,” he added.

Entry details and more information can be found at www.dusi.co.za

END

Photo Caption Photographer Click to download the hi-res pic
FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon logo (Landscape) - JPEG

 

FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon logo (Portrait) - JPEG

 

Following a friendly deal made, Sharks and Springbok legends Junstin Swar (right) and Stefan Terblanche (left) will be taking on the the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 14-16 February.

Dave Macleod/
Gameplan Media

Former Springbok and Sharks legends Justin Swart (right) and Stefan Terblanche (left) are joined by their kids (from left to right): James Swart, Matt Terblanche and Cai Terblanche as they prepare for the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 14-16 February.

Jacqui Terblanche/
Gameplan Media

Conditions of usage of photographs: All photographs supplied and hyperlinked herewith may be used free of charge, with full credit to the photographer and agency as provided. The photographs may not be modified or retouched in any way, but may be cropped to suit the layout requirements of the publications. The photographs provided may be used exclusively for editorial purposes, and may be reprinted in any newspaper, magazine, television programme or on any website. These photographs may not be used for any commercial or promotional purpose, including but not limited to posters, advertisements, commercials, promotional email correspondence, point-of-sale material or any retail promotion. Should such usage be desired, please contact us at the details below.
Is this of no value to you?
This media release is intended for use by media professionals covering this specific activity or sport. Should this release not be relevant you, please advise us immediately and we will be glad to remove your name from this particular database. It would be useful to us if you could advise us which subjects you would like to continue receiving releases on.
For any further information, or if you cannot access the images, please contact:
Gameplan Media
(031) 764 3017