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Sbonelo Khwela, 2017 Dusi Canoe Marathon, paddling

Ten minutes with Sbonelo Khwela

Sbonelo Khwela is a product of the Martin Dreyer Change a Life Academy. Rising out of the Valley of a 1000 Hills, he has worked his way up to being one of South Africa’s leading paddlers. After four Non-Stop Dusi titles in a K2, his wife finally convinced him to make the change to a K1 in 2015. It wasn’t long until he saw the reward of his decision, and just a year later became the first black man to take the Non-Stop Dusi title.

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New records raise the bar at Non-Stop Dusi 2015

In a remarkable Non Stop-Dusi, the men’s and women’s K1 records were each smashed by 10 minutes. In the men’s race, Nhlanhla Cele and Thulani Mbanjwa crossed the finish line together in a scintillating time of 7.44.44. Laura O’Donoghue annihilated Robyn Kime’s 2012 women’s record by shaving 10 minutes off in 9:24.55.   Mbanjwa spoke about his race experience with enthusiasm. “It is so sweet to win a big race again,” he said, adding that […]

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