Busy swim season ahead

2015-10-21 06:00

THE Adventure Province once again shows its supremacy with its choice of competitive events available for open water swimming (OWS) as the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics’ (NMBA) sanctioned EC Swim Series gets under way on Sunday, November 1, at Settlers Dam just outside Grahamstown.

The EC Swim Series will become the only sanctioned OWS event in the region offering registered swimmers the opportunity to obtain Swimming South Africa (SSA) qualifying times.

The EC Swim Series will consist of 5 race days including the 2 NMBA Championship events and whilst primarily focused on SSA registered swimmers, the Olympic 10km distance and the SSA OWS 5km and 3km distances, the Series will also be open to all open water swim enthusiasts offering a fantastic training base for triathletes and water polo players in the Eastern Cape.

NMBA have announced that swimmers wanting to qualify for team selection and/or attend the SA OWS national championships, will be required to achieve at the SSA qualifying time in their selected distance on at least two separate occasions. Each of the EC Series race days will offer a 10km, 5km, 3km or 1km swim with the 5km and 10km distances swum at the same time.

The EC Swim Series, hosted by Zsports Events NPC, takes place on November 1 and November 15 in 2015 and again in January 2016 ahead of the NMBA OWS Championships being held on the first two weekends of February 2016. See www.ecswim.co.za for further information and online registration ahead of Round 1.

aQuellé ORS this Sunday

Round 2 of the popular aQuellé Ocean Racing Series™ returns to Hobie Beach this Sunday morning from 9am. Outdoor family fun at its best, the Series is open to all ages and offers the choice of 6 events each race day which are: 5km Beach Run, 5km Beach Walk, Kids 12u Kids 1km Beach Run, 1km, 2km and 3km Ocean Swims.

Once off R50 Series membership fee with an entry fee of R60 for the swims, R40 for the beach events and R30 for the kids run. Loads of awesome lucky draw prizes up for grabs including R1 000 cash each race day.

The aQuellé Ocean Racing Series takes place on mostly alternate Sunday mornings between October and April each year. See www.oceanracingseries.com for further information

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