Maidstone pupils shine in Midmar mile

2017-03-02 06:00
 Photo: suppliedLaiken Moonean shows off her medal she won at the Midmar Mile.

Photo: suppliedLaiken Moonean shows off her medal she won at the Midmar Mile.

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TWO GRADE 9 pupils from Maidstone Primary in Tongaat, Laiken Moonean (10) and Adiel Naidoo (10) completed their first Midmar Mile race at Midmar Dam in Pietermaritzburg recently.

Both pupils started swimming at the age of six at their current school, Maidstone Primary.

Laiken’s mother Fiona Moonean said: “She now belongs to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation where she got her intensive training over the last 10 months.

“She only saw the dam for the first time two weeks ago and gasped at its enormous size. However, on the day of the swim although she was scared and nervous she was even more determined to complete it and she did. We are so proud of our little dynamite.”

Moonean said the children were first introduced to the sport at their current school, Maidstone Primary at the age of six and have undergone extensive training over the last 10 months.
“This year they have undertaken the enormous challenge of competing in their first open water competition which also happens to be the world’s largest open water swim, a 1.604km race. Despite being overwhelmed by the size of the dam they had preserved to completing the race. A special thanks to coaches Dominic Donner, Bianca de Sousa and Sibani Makhanya for their training, encouragement and inspiration they have provided to these young aspiring athletes.” - Supplied


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