Williams one of top 50 swimmers in the world

2015-05-08 10:21
Jeffreys Bay swimmer Brenton Williams has been named one of the top 50 adventure swimmers in the world.

Jeffreys Bay swimmer Brenton Williams has been named one of the top 50 adventure swimmers in the world. Photo: CLIVE WRIGHT

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HE is just as comfortably dressed in a suite and tie as when suited up with the most basic covering and goggles. Local swimmer and DA councillor Brenton Williams has been named one of the top 50 adventure swimmers in the world.

The nomination came from the highly influential Daily News of Open Water Swimming, an international publication.

“It was easy and obvious to include Williams in the list of the world’s most adventu-rous swimmers,” says Steve Munatones, editor of the Daily News of Open Water Swimming and a former marathon swimmer.

“When you add butterfly to his ocean swims in cold and rough water, it adds an entirely different level of adventure and risk that only a handful of athletes dare.

“Williams is the first person in the world to attempt and complete a butterfly crossing from Cape Town to Robben Island and around the notorious Cape Point. The physical strength and mental fortitude to do these swims are off the charts, as are his unprecedented swims around South Africa’s Cape St Francis and Cape Recife.”

According to Munatones, Williams’ re-cord-setting performances have long been recognised by his small number of peers and the global open water swimming community.

“His swims, like the St Helena Bay Deep Blue Invitational, off the west coast of Africa, have been nominated for various World Open Water Swimming Association awards, including being nominated as the 2012 top performance of the year,” adds Munatones.

Being recognised as one of the most adventurous swimmers in the world came as a surprise to Williams.

“It is a honour to be mentioned alongside fellow South African swimmers like Otto Thanning, Ram Barkai and Peter Bales,” says Williams.

Williams is planning swims around Robben Island and around Cape Agulas, which will add more world records to his already impressive list of unprecedented swims along the South African coastline

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