Houston seeks junior Dusi crown

Alan Houston.

Alan Houston.

Pietermaritzburg – Michaelhouse’s Alan Houston will look to add the under-18 boys’ Dusi Canoe Marathon crown to his list of achievement in February 2015 after enjoying a stellar run of form in the sport’s junior ranks of late.

The emerging talent burst onto the scene when clinched the U16 South African K2 River Marathon Championship title at the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in 2013 and it has been an upward pathway the youngster has walked since.

2014’s K2 Dusi saw under-18 shining stars Mthobisi Cele (Computershare Change a Life Academy) and Damon Stamp finished a remarkable eleventh overall, narrowly missing out of a historic top ten finish right at the death.

The pair, together with recently crowned Under-18 K2 Marathon World Champion and K1 bronze medallist Louis Hattingh, will however not be a factor for Houston as they move up into the Under-23 Men’s racing category as of the new year.

Unusually regular schools powerhouse Maritzburg College seems unlikely to produce any Dusi 2015 junior boys top spot hopefuls while, outside of Houston, Michaelhouse and Kearsney’s stocks appear thin as well.

This leaves the youngster looking to the country’s various development programmes – particularly Martin Dreyer’s Computershare Change a Life Academy – for his likely challengers.

Meanwhile, the junior girls’ clash appears set to be dominated by Epworth’s Cana Peek.

Despite being under-16, the young star clinched an emphatic sixth place overall in the women’s race of the 2014 Hansa Fish in September and will now hope to continue from where former Epworth pupil Bianca Haw left off in the junior girls’ race of the Dusi two years ago.

The 64th edition of the Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon in Durban from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 February 2015. More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za