Swemmer wil Robbeneiland-vryheidswem doen

2016-05-05 06:00
Dieter Marais Foto: VERSKAF

Dieter Marais Foto: VERSKAF

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’n Belowende oopwaterswemmer van Uitenhage, Dieter Marais (15) oefen om sy droom, die Robbeneiland-vryheidswem, in Desember te bewaarheid.

Die leerder van HTS Daniel Pienaar het in Desember die Kowie Riviermyl geswem en ‘n vierde posisie in sy ouderdomsgroep behaal. Daarna het hy die Spar Riviermyl (vir die vierde keer) geswem en ’n algehele 27ste plek behaal.

Met sy deelname aan die Bell Bouy oopwaterswem was hy die jongste deelnemer en enigste swemmer van Uitenhage. Marais het hier vierde gekom in die ouderdomsgroep waarin hy geswem het.

Marais het onlangs aan die Nasionale Oop- waterkampioenskappe in Grabouw deelgeneem. Sy tyd van 45 minute was gemaklik binne die kwalifiserende tyd, maar hy was teleurgesteld aangesien hy die afstand verlede jaar 2 minute vinniger voltooi het.

  • Daniel Pienaar is nietemin trots op Marais, aangesien meeste van die deelnemers se tye stadiger was. Die dam se watervlak was aansienlik laer as in 2015 en motorbote het ook die water redelik onstuimig gelaat.

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