Picky moms Bruss and Nixon want to give Dusi a chance in 2022


Having recently given birth to their first child, former world surfski racing champion Hayley Nixon has pledged to return to the Dusi Canoe Marathon with her 2020 partner and mother of young children Hilary Bruss for the race February 17-19. 2022.

Their last push on the Dusi was an impromptu decision and came just days before Nixon found out she was pregnant with their daughter Emma. The impromptu crew of the K2 had only sat down together in a boat for the first time two days before the start of the 2020 race.

Don’t have their hopes Dusi

Their fifth place will be visible two years ago and while they are both very competitive and motivated to do well given the current state of affairs Nixon knows they have to be realistic about expectations.

“We were supposed to paddle Fish together, but things didn’t really work out, so we decided to give Dusi a good shot,” Nixon said.

“Things have definitely changed and I realized that as an athlete you are quite selfish and training now falls on the priority list when you have a child.

“There is also a compromise that has to happen in marriage and if Paul is going to go fishing I know I have to be home with Emma.

“Now it’s about making sure I train smarter,” she added.

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The duo have had some difficulty working out their training regimen, given that they are over 200 kilometers apart, but they try to meet twice a week to get a session with only three months before the start of the race.

“It’s tough because I’m still a coach and Hilary is working full time so we had to make a plan to meet, but I’m also still paddling in my surfski so we’re starting to practice.

“Emma has also become my Dusi boat when I go racing so I work on my portage,” she laughs.

Rowing the race together gives the couple a good understanding of what they can accomplish, and Nixon understands that she is in good hands.

“It’s pretty easy to sit in the back of a boat behind Hils,” she commented. “We also know what to expect from the race and will try to do as much trip and practice as possible before the race.”


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