2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe
Burnett family K3 on a Dusi mission
Durban – With unprecedented rains throughout KwaZulu-Natal during this
summer, the 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon has attracted the attention of
four different K3 crews, with the Burnett family boat of father and two sons
have an important task when the race starts on 18 March.
Westville based son Trent and his Umdloti based brother Kade, who have a
combined 36 Dusi finishes between them, will want to take their father
Colin’s tally to the magical ten Dusi’s mark, and allowing him to get his
permanent green Dusi Number when they get to Blue Lagoon on Saturday, 20
“My dad has done nine Dusi’s and he’s getting on in age a bit,” older
brother Kade Burnett said. “He’s going to turn 70 next year and he hasn’t
done a Dusi in five years due to a knee replacement and he hasn’t been able
to walk properly.
“He also went through a bout of depression which he struggled with but he’s
out of that now and we want to keep his spirits up and he’s so stoked with
“We just thought that this year is going to be his tenth so let’s get him
down the river and get him that permanent number.”
Like many parents who have spent time on the Dusi seconding their children,
like Colin Burnett has revelled in following his sons through the valley for
the majority of their careers.
“Seconding us became his role from the first Dusi we both did together. We
took fifteen swims throughout that race and he still supported us!
“It was a rite of passage for us but we still managed to get to the finish
and have come back again and again since then.”
Trent will be responsible for driving the K3 from Pietermaritzburg to Durban
while Kade will take up the position in the back of the boat.
“Whenever I paddle with my brother he’s usually the driver and I’m in the
back so we are going to go with that and plonk dad in the middle.
“We tell dad that he’s going to get a nice easy float down the river but I
don’t think that’s going to be the case!” he laughed.
The trio is experienced enough paddlers to know where their fitness levels
need to be and for Burnett they will be ready for the race in two weeks’
“The training hasn’t really been going because of Covid-19 but we are
paddling in some dices and I’ve been running a lot and we know the Dusi is
also a running race.
“I’ve also been fishing a lot off my ski so I’ve been covering miles there
but my brother and my dad haven’t been training so I’ve been trying to kick
them into gear at the dices!”
The 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from 18-20 March 2021.
Entry details and more information can be found at
Website : www.dusi.co.za
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The Burnett family K3 of brothers Trent (left) and Kade (right) will be
bidding to get their father Colin (centre) down his tenth 2021 MyLife Dusi
Canoe Marathon this year as one of four K3's entered into the race
starting on 18 March.
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