Bay secures SA OWS champs

2016-10-19 06:00

THE prestigious Swimming South Africa Open Water Swimming Nationals of 2017 have been awarded to Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics and will take place on March 4-5 at North End Lake.

This is a huge honour for the city and will be the first time that such an event is hosted in Port Elizabeth under the management of Zsports Events NPC who also want to bid for the hosting rights of the World Marathon Swimming Championships of 2018-2020 in the city.

The local open water swimmers will also kick off their EC Swim Series this Sunday morning at Marina Martinique in what is the Eastern Cape’s only Swimming SA sanctioned event offering swimmers the opportunity to qualify for the National Championships.

On offer this Sunday morning will be a 500m swim, 1km swim, 3km swim, 5km swim and a 10km swim with all information and registration available on the website www.ecswim.co.za.

Packed Hobie Beach welcome aQuellé Ocean Racing Series

A top class field of participants lined up at Hobie Beach on Sunday morning to contest the first round of the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series with over 400 participants taking part in what has become Africa’s largest family beach event and is unique to Nelson Mandela Bay.

Taking place on mostly alternate Sunday mornings throughout Summer, the Series offers no fewer than 7 events for families to take part in with 4 swimming events and 3 beach events to choose from with 10 race days planned for this season - Season 12 which runs between now and the end of March 2017.

The toughest of the events is the 3km Ocean Swim which was won by former national lifesaver and top swim coach Hayden Holmes of Cape St Francis in a time of 46min 39seconds in strong winds on Sunday.

In second place was East London swimmer Deshaan Pillay with former Springbok swimmer and lifesaver Kevin Richards in third place while world lifesaving champion and Woodridge Scholar Amica de Jager, from St Francis Bay, claimed the ladies win ahead of Hannah Haswell and Rebecca Newman.

In the 2km swim it was defending series champion Daniel Jones who won from Jarryd Cooke and Gawie Hennings while de Jager’s older sister Chane won the ladies’ race ahead of Liza Kingston and Antonella Saporta. In the 1km swim it was series champion Ian Venter winning from Byron Lockett and Cullen Biddulph with Kirsten Marriott claiming the ladies’ win from Maria Holmes and Natalie Ogden.

A new event to the Series this year is the 400m ocean swim with the boys’ win going to Connor Craig ahead of Guy Cooke and Mark Oosthuizen while Chelsey Cooke won the girls race from Jodi Wilson and Gabbi Whitebooi. On the beach, the 5km Beach Run saw Xolisa Tshona winning from Estian Hess and Wayne Mitchell while depending ladies’ champion Tara Sacke won the girls’ race from Dawn Denysschen and Jorja Sacke.

In the 5km Beach Walk it was Grobbie Grobler from Juan Slabbert and Andrew Armstrong with Belinda Niemand taking the win for the ladies ahead of Emily Stemmett and Taryn Ferreira.

In the very popular Kids 1km Beach Run, the winners in the boys’ age groups were Eden Whitaker (6 and under),

Mark Van Rensburg (7 to 8), Daniel Richter (9 to 10) and Josh Pretorius (11 to 12) while in the girls’ age group categories it was Kayleigh Marais (6 and under), Jessi Whitebooi (7 to 8), Abbie Mitchell (9 to 10) and Kerri-Lee Barnard (11 to 12).

The Series returns on Sunday, October 30, and visitors are more than welcome. Registration and further information available on www.oceanracingseries.com

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