Michael Mbanjwa


His hope of becoming a football star was washed away in 1997 at Nagle Dam when he climbed into a canoe. The 25-year-old Mbanjwa from the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu-Natal made history last year when he became the first black African to win the Hansa Powerade Dusi Canoe Marathon. Mbanjwa and his teammate Martin Dryer beat more than 2 000 participants in the K2 (double kayak) race and broke the marathon record by seven minutes. Early this year Mbanjwa finished second in the K1 (single kayak) Dusi race. It's only a matter of time before he re-writes the history books because of his passion for the sport. � Lucky Sindane

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