Entries are open for annual Four Elements Ocean Challenge swim

2017-05-02 06:01
Photo: suppliedReady for the Four Elements Ocean Challenge are (from left) Sanele Nxumalo, Olivia Taylor, Ayanda Maphumulo and Thando Thusi.

Photo: suppliedReady for the Four Elements Ocean Challenge are (from left) Sanele Nxumalo, Olivia Taylor, Ayanda Maphumulo and Thando Thusi.

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THE fourth installation of Durban’s iconic five-kilometre ocean swim — the Four Elements Ocean Challenge — will set off from the Point Yacht Club on May 13.

“We are really looking to boost the number of competitors participating in this year’s event, which is set to be another exciting and challenging swim,” said Olivia Taylor, founder of Four Elements Conservation NPC. “The aggregate swimming distance of the previous three events swum by 229 participants, is 1 192 km, and we are hoping to exceed 1 800 km for all four swims with this year’s event.”

Taylor established Four Elements Conservation NPC, a non-profit environmental preservation organisation, five years ago, at the age of 14. The Four Elements Ocean Challenge is one of the NPC projects that raises funds for, and awareness about, ocean conservation. The event is held as a celebration of World Oceans Day (June 8), calling for international collaboration in the preservation of oceans. This year’s World Oceans Day is themed “Our Oceans, Our Future”, with a focus on plastic pollution prevention and the cleaning of all marine litter.

“The funds raised from this year’s swim will go towards the launch of our exciting new initiative, an online education programme focusing on environmental entrepreneurship for youth,” said Taylor.
“Conservation cannot be a side-line project practised by a select few. We are beyond that now. It needs to become a part of everyone’s consciousness, propelling all decisions going forwards.”

The Four Elements Ocean Challenge is a point-to-point swim, setting off from the Point Yacht Club for about five kilometres to Country Club Beach (Bike and Bean), with the prize-giving following the race completion. Participants are afforded spectacular city views and occasional dolphin sightings while competing in the longest ocean swim event on the east coast of Africa.

The entry donation of R375 per swimmer includes a cap and T-shirt in the men and women’s open, 30 years to 49 years, 59 years and over categories.
The Four Elements Ocean Challenge is designed to test the toughest swimmers, so although wetsuit swimmers are permitted, they are not eligible for prizes.

“Prizes are awarded for the winners of the various categories,” said Taylor. “While it is important to honour these achievements, the Four Elements Ocean Challenge is also about celebrating all the stories of human endeavour experienced throughout the race.”
Online entries can be found at http://www.fourelementsconser



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