Duzi Hopefuls Chosen Training For The Gruelling Race

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Duzi Hopefuls Chosen Training For The Gruelling Race

9 November 2013 –

Enanda Dam, Durban, November 9, 2013 – The South African Maritime Safety Authority Chief Operating Officer Sobantu Tilayi today announced 12 successful candidates who have been chosen for the organisation’s first ever canoeing training programme for the SAMSA Change a Life Academy.

The organisation will groom the chosen enthusiasts, with the help of Duzi winner Martin Dreyer to become potential participants in the world famous Duzi Canoe Marathon race which takes place in February 2014. The organisation is calling for more candidates to show interest in filling up at least 13 more placements for training.

All the canoeists are from the Enanda area where for the past few months they have been training. They come from various schools including Hlengimpilo Primary School, KaGence Primary School, Mbheki High School, Matebetula Primary School, Mqhawe High School, Sthabile High and the Abalindi Orphanage.

The 12 successful candidates announced today are:

Mhlonishwa Hlongwane (20), Hlanganani Gcwensa (16), Siphamandla Shozi (19), Patrick Canham (22), Mhlonishwa Gcwensa (22), Mmeli Ndimande (18), Lazala Pangeni Nxumalo (12), Zamokuhle Gwensa (12), Sbahle Sibiya (11), Mholi Ndimande (12)and the youngest canoeist Phumla Mkhize (9).

SAMSA through its corporate social investment wing has committed itself to sponsoring the training, supplying of canoes, training gear and groceries for canoeist’s families. Through various stages of training, the paddlers will proceed into receiving advanced training and all the necessary support, from canoe equipment, clothing, energy supplements and transport to races – to achieve their true potential.

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Duzi potential canoeists: Flanked by SAMSA COO Sobuntu Tilayi and Duzi Winner Martin Dreyer are the group of 12 selected for training. From top left, Mhlonishwa Hlongwane, Hlanganani Gcwensa, Siphamandla Shozi, Nduduza Shozi, Patrick Canham, Mhlonishwa Gcwensa and bottom left is Mmeli Ndimande, Lazala Pangeni Nxumalo, Zamokuhle Gwensa, Sbahle Sibiya, Mhali Ndimande and the youngest canoeist Phumla Mkhize (9).

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