By Liezel van der Westhuizen
My name is Liezel and I am an adrenaline junkie
Whilst The V&A Waterfront is transformed into a Action Sports arena, with twenty-three of South Africa’s best riders in each discipline competing for a piece of the R80000 cash prize, I will be transformed from television presenter to experienced paddler this weekend.
So whilst you’re watching international competitors in action at The V&A Waterfront at Adrenaline X, I’ll be taking on the rapids and dirty water of the Dusi River in Kwazulu Natal, along with 2000 other paddlers from all over the world.
The unlimited Dusi canoe marathon is considered the toughest three day canoe race in the world. I have been training for eight weeks at Milnerton Canoe Club with my partner Greg van Heerden, who is also the High Performance coach for Canoeing SA. My training regime even saw me running up Table Mountain with my canoe, to prepare me for the portage stages of The Dusi, and paddling three to four times a week. I also took part in six races to qualify for the Dusi. I now know what adrenaline junkies see in the sports they do. The fear of the unknown and the excitement of conquering your fear – this is what got me into the sport of paddling.
TV and radio personalities Bonang Motheba and Sias Du Plessis will also be taking part in this gruelling race, which starts in Pietmaritzberg and ends in Durban on Saturday with 20000 spectators expected to come out to show support for the peddlers who are crazy enough to do this race.
The funds will go to The Unlimited Child to buy education toys for the children in the Valley of 1000 Hills. A percentage of the funds raised will also go to the SPCA.
The Dusi highlights will be aired on Supersport this weekend, so check it out.