Mackenzie fancies a Dusi double

After her maiden Dusi Canoe Marathon win in 2019, Varsity College/Euro Steel's Christie Mackenzie is embracing the defending champions tag going into the 2021 edition from February 18-20. Pictures: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

Looking to establish a legacy in the great race, defending Dusi Canoe Marathon women’s K1 champion Christie Mackenzie will be hoping to bag her second title when the race finishes at Blue Lagoon on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

In 2020, Mackenzie and Tamika Haw jostled it out for the entire race and it eventually came down to a thrilling end sprint into Blue Lagoon that Mackenzie managed to win by the smallest of margins.

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown Mackenzie has had to re-evaluate her training methods and despite not being able to spend a lot of time on the river she is feeling good about her preparations.

During lockdown Christie Mackenzie has been maxing her running training.

“I have been able to do a lot more running than usual during the lockdown,” Mackenzie said. “Now that we can get back onto the water I have been trying to get some races under the belt and will do a few in Joburg and then the Drak Challenge.

“I want to try to do as many pre-Dusi races as I can but the training is going well in Joburg because we have a strong group of paddlers here.”

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She is embracing the defending champion role heading into February’s race.

“I think it’s pretty cool being the defending champion and it’s interesting that people keep asking me about my training and how I prepared for the last K1 Dusi.

“I’m also not one of those people who keeps things from people and I’m open about sharing what I know with other people.”

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The women’s race in 2021 will be another tight affair with the entries expected to flood in at the beginning of the new year.

“I don’t really focus on who’s going to be at the race or who my competition is but I really hope that we have another strong field.

“For me it’s about whoever shows up, shows up and that’s what makes paddling exciting.”

The 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from February 18-20 2021. Entry details and more information can be found at

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