Durban matric pupil takes on 26km swim for charity

2016-02-02 11:54
Durban High School pupil Reegan Tait, 17, will take on a 26km swim at the upcoming Midmar Mile. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

Durban High School pupil Reegan Tait, 17, will take on a 26km swim at the upcoming Midmar Mile. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

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Durban – A Durban youngster hoping to raise money for charity will attempt to swim 26km at the Midmar Mile this year.

Reegan Tait, 17, a matric pupil at Durban High School, will be swimming for the Duzi Umgeni Conservation Trust when he, along with nine others, takes on the challenge.

"I am quite passionate about swimming for charity and I am hoping to do my best for this upcoming intense swim."

The humble youngster naturally gravitated towards swimming from a young age.

"My mum said I took to the water, even before I was in diapers. At around eight or nine years of age, I realised I was not that good at swimming sprints. I took up long distance instead and it has been pretty great."

One of Tait's mentors is his swimming coach, Petro Nortje. She has been training him at the Westville Swimming Club since he was small. His father had also always supported him and pushed him to do his best, Tait said.

Tait understood the difficulty of the 26km swim, but said he would try not to focus on the physical strain.

"It will undoubtedly be difficult, but there is also a mental strength that goes into something like this. I am going to just keep giving myself smaller goals as I push forward and hopefully get to the end."

Tait said he often stayed up late to achieve his goals.

"It is not easy at all with the academic load and everything else that I do. I have to work pretty hard to maintain this balance, but I really enjoy every moment of it. I think it is important for people to help charities and give where they can.

"I am looking forward to participating in a lot more charity swims and would encourage others to do so also."

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