Locals splash off in SA swim event

2018-03-01 06:01

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HERE the likes of Hanré Louw, Andrew Ritchie, Dante Nortje, Eric le Roux, Aiden Peterson and Dylan Wright are sure to test their metal against the quality field.

In the woman’s 5km and 10km events Michelle Weber will be keen to make amends after her mishap disqualification in the 10km race of the 2017 edition.

That being said, 2017 FINA World Championship participants Robyn Kinghorn and Sasha Lee Nordengen-Corris are sure to take up the challenge, while Rebecca Meder, her sister Abigail and Carli Antonopoulos from the Western Cape, along with Amica, are sure to make a dash for the finish line.

An exciting addition to the championship programme will see the 4 x 1.25km mixed relay being contested on Saturday afternoon on a provincial basis.

“This event is without a doubt the highlight of the year on the open water swimming calendar,” says Holmes. “Watching our Olympic heroes and future stars battle it out, is going to be amazing.”

According to Holmes, Amica, Michell Strydom, Zanli and MC are on the journey to be good swimmers - they have talent, discipline, strength of mind and a competitive spirit.

“Each one of these four swimmers has their own goals. While Michell, Zanli and MC - who are fairly new to the sport - will compete to gain experience and national exposure, Amica’s goal is to be selected for the South African team that will travel to the World Youth Open water Championships in Israel later this year,” says Holmes.

The two golden rules for open water swimmers? “Always expect the unexpected and be flexible.”

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen says, “The event brings together the best open swimmers in South Africa, and as the municipality we are very proud that Jeffreys Bay got the acknowledgement it deserves as one of the best water sports destinations. Marina Martinique, in particular, is internationally renowned as a world class open water swim venue.

“Jeffreys Bay will host the South African Open Water Swim Championship until 2020, when the official Olympic Open Water Swim Trial will be held. As the municipality, we are in full support of the event, and we trust that the water sport fraternity, as they have done before, will organise a memorable event.

“Part of our strategy is to attract more national and international level sporting events to places like Jeffreys Bay by tapping into the commercial and natural resources of the area. This bodes well for our tourism industry, with athletes, organisers and sports lovers flocking down to Kouga. Accommodation establishments, restaurants and other entertainment spots are kept busy during major events in the area.

“We wish the event a world of success.”

There will be a food market for all the hungry swimmers, parents and spectators.

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