Fri. Feb 26th, 2021

Dusi Canoe Marathon: Jordan Peek rediscovers her love for paddling

While the pandemic has played havoc with the plans of many paddlers, 2018 Dusi Canoe Marathon champion Jordan Peek says it has given her the opportunity to fall back in love with paddling.

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The pandemic has forced the postponement of the Dusi Canoe Marathon and played havoc with the lives of paddlers and the future of the sport but Jordan Peek has seen a silver lining.

Lockdowns have forced Peek to abandon a job in Mauritius but she has been able to get back to paddling and will enter the Dusi K1 Race for the first time since 2015.

Jordan Peek excited by Dusi prospect

Peek won a K2 title with her younger sister Cana in 2018 and says she is excited to be back racing on a river that has given her so many memories.

“I returned from Mauritius where I was working and then, given their tough regulations, I haven’t been able to get back,” Peek explained.

“This meant that I had time to get back on the rivers and dams and realised how much I enjoyed paddling and so I thought I should enter Dusi because I wasn’t going to get back to Mauritius.

“I am really enjoying the extra time that the postponement in the race has given us because I get to spend more time doing what I love with like-minded people, which is a real treat.”

Peek, who could be considered an outside shot for a podium place in the women’s race, isn’t going into the race with any expectations.

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In a quality day’s paddling the Peek siblings Jordan and Cana took home the ladies title on the third and final stage of the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon.

“I just want to have a clean and fun race,” she said.

Steering herself and her sister to their 2018 win means that Peek has a good idea of how to get herself to Durban safely both on foot and in the boat.

“I wouldn’t say that my running or my paddling is stronger. I really enjoy the rapids on the Dusi and I also enjoy being able to stretch my legs on the portages.

“It has been a while since I paddled a K1 Dusi but I am very keen to tackle this year’s Dusi and I hope that it goes as well as 2018’s race,” Peek added.

The 2021 Dusi Canoe Marathon is schedule to take place from 18-20 March 2021. Entry details and more information can be found at www.dusi.co.za.

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