UKZN’S DUSI QUEEN TO COMPETE IN CANOE MARATHON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

UKZN’S DUSI QUEEN TO COMPETE IN CANOE MARATHON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Animal Scientist in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, Dr Marion Young, finished ninth in this year’s Unlimited Dusi Canoe Marathon - now she has been selected to take part in the 2013 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, later this year.

Following her Dusi achievement, Young competed in the Non-Stop Dusi two weeks later – a race which sees competitors complete the 120km Dusi in a day!

The Dusi and Non-Stop Dusi signaled the end of the “river marathon” season and the start of the “flat water marathon” season for Young. 

Preparation for the ICF World Championship is a complicated and involved process. ‘The Dusi was a super platform for base fitness but thereafter we trained specifically for the flat water KwaZulu-Natal Marathon Championships in May and from there one could progress to the South African flat water marathon Championships in June. Both of these competitions were held on Shongweni Dam,’ said Young.

Explaining the selection process for the ICF World Championship, Young said: ‘I won at the KwaZulu-Natal and South African Champs in the sub-veteran category in the K1 (singles) and in the K2 (doubles) categories with my partner, Angela Scruby. My race times qualified me for selection for the World Championships in Copenhagen.’

For Young training is exciting, because of the nature of the discipline. The endurance type training (about two hours on the dam) is interspersed with interval training, from short sprints to the longer speed-endurance intervals of up to 10 minutes in length in each interval.

‘I am extremely grateful to UKZN for support towards my kit and boat transfer to Copenhagen,’ said Young.

While the main goal in Copenhagen will be to win medals, what she is ultimately hoping to do is to encourage more people to participate in the flat water marathon discipline.  She says age is irrelevant with determination, discipline and enthusiasm being key elements.

* Updates on Young’s  progress are on twitter @marionbyoung.  Her blog is:

 http://youngmblog.wordpress.com


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