Midmar receives another accolade

2011-02-12 00:00

THE 38th aQuelle Midmar Mile, which takes place this weekend, is set to receive another international accolade when the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Imshof) presents the organisers with the prestigious Certificate of Merit.

The Midmar Mile is an internationally renowned open-water swimming event and is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest open-water swimming event in the world. The award from the Imshof is for innovative and outstanding event management and reinforces the considerable amount of effort and dedication the organising committee have put into ensuring that the event has become a household name over the years.

The Certificate of Merit will be presented by Imshof inductee and Fina open water swimming technical committee member Steve Munetones of the United States.

Munetones, a former 25 kilometre world champion, is a respected figure in open-water swimming and has made a considerable contribution to the discipline, which is the fastest-growing recreational sport in South Africa.

Munetones said from his home in Huntington Beach, California, earlier this week, “It is indeed an honour to finally attend the Midmar Mile, an event that I have heard so much about over the years, under such auspicious circumstances.”

THERE are over 14 000 swimmers entered for the race, so the chance of beating the record of 13 755 finishers is looking good for 2011.

THE 87-year-old Roy Rees is unable to swim this year due to a shoulder injury, leaving 81-year-old Tiger Bulafkin as the oldest man competing this year. The oldest woman to take to the water will be Lorna Cochran, who is 86.

TWO swimmers share the honour of being the youngest competitors — Sherisha Brijlal and Alexis Jaide Morrison-Goate, who are both five years old.

THERE is one change in the colours of swimming caps in line with the new sponsorship. The caps used to be red, blue, yellow, green and white. The only change is that the red becomes orange — aQuelle’s corporate colour.

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