Swimming far for charity

2018-11-29 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedSeen is Nicola Keyser, who will be embarking on her first eight-mile swim.

PHOTO: suppliedSeen is Nicola Keyser, who will be embarking on her first eight-mile swim.

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USING her passion for swimming for a good cause, Nicola Keyser (28), a swimming teacher at Beavers Swim Club, will be completing an eight-mile (12,8 km) swim while raising funds for the “Friends of Swimmers Trust” charity.

This eight-mile swim, which will take place at Midmar Dam on February 9 and 10, 2019, will be the first of its kind for Keyser, who has grown up idolizing swimmers such as Ryk Neethling and Penny Heyns.

Keyser said the challenging swim has always been on her “bucket list”, adding it was she was excited and nervous at the same time, as the swim covers all eight Midmar mile events, four being swum on the Saturday and four being swum on the Sunday, for a total of 6,2 km swimming each day.

Keyser will be swimming for the charity known as the Friends of Swimmers Trust, which is currently setting up learn to swim programmes at various schools in order to reduce the number of children that drown each year and to promote water safety programmes within KwaZulu-Natal.

This organisation also supports the South African Elite swimmers with their travel costs to international competitions; identifies talented swimmers and offers them long-term guidance to potentially follow a career in professional sport.

Keyser’s great love for water and water sports such as surfing, bodyboarding and snorkelling stemmed from her learning to swim at age four. By the time she was eight, she started competing in swimming competitions, which gradually escalated to her swimming in the Midmar Mile by the age of 10.

She also made KZN teams and received her SA colours for schools. In her spare time now, Keyser trains and swims the dolphin miles as well as trains towards the eight-mile. Keyser has swum 11 Midmar Miles and five Capital K’s, which is the one-kilometre event at the Midmar Dam.

Over the years, Keyser has received various achievements such as sportswoman of the year and victrix ludorum during her school years, and over 100 medals due to her swimming.

In the future, Keyser plans to train more and participate in more open water events, a medium she loves. It is Keyser’s goal to raise R12 000 for her charity and has thus far managed to hit the halfway mark. To assist her cause, visit kydrin.co.za/goals/495

“Please help me reach my goal any amount is much appreciated,” said Keyser.

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