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Man aims to become SA's first professional musher

The 27-year-old JP Bussio discovered his passion for the dog sled sport in Norway.

JP Bussio taking part in mushing. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - A Clanwilliam-born man aims to become the first professional South African musher.

The JP Bussio, 27, has been living in Norway for the past three years where he discovered his passion for the dog sled sport.

He aims to complete at least four races during the 2015/2016 season, one of which will see him and his pack of 13 Siberian huskies cover 1,800 kilometres.

But he adds he needs to remain in shape as well, as he will be running the uphill in the races to lighten the load being pulled by the dogs.

He and his girlfriend initially wanted to own one puppy, he says, as a friend to their South African boxer.

"I started talking to people and seeing what they do and started reading online, I've seen in movies people mushing there, I've always wanted to try it and now I want to do it competitively."

South Africans can follow his journey on his Facebook page South African Musher.