MARIE CARES

TO SUP­PORT THE SWIM­MERS ON THEIR ROAD TO THE RIO 2016 SUM­MER OLYMPICS, WE HOSTED A DAY OF MO­TI­VA­TION AND ENCOURAGMENT WITH SOME OF THE MOST IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL WOMEN WE KNOW

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - WORDS SARAH KOOP­MAN

THE CAM­PAIGN

One year ago, in our Au­gust 2013 is­sue, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Swim­ming South Africa (SwimSA) and Ci­tadel, MC launched the Get The Girls To Gold cam­paign, which aims to see eight promis­ing young fe­male swim­mers through to the Rio 2016 Sum­mer Olympic Games. With the sup­port of HSH Princess Char­lene of Monaco, a for­mer Olympic swim­mer, and do­na­tions from MC read­ers, the cam­paign will in­spire swim­mers at re­gional and provin­cial level as well as en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­nitylevel swim­ming pro­grammes. More than rais­ing funds, the cause aims to equip these tal­ented young women for life at the top of their fields – pre­par­ing each for a holis­tic jour­ney to suc­cess.

THE EVENT

MC, Ci­tadel and SwimSA hosted 20 young swim­mers (the ‘Rio eight’ plus a group of de­vel­op­ment swim­mers and divers) for an af­ter­noon of fun and in­spi­ra­tion, held at the Ci­tadel head of­fice in Jo­han­nes­burg. The girls were wel­comed by MC edi­tor As­pa­sia Kar­ras be­fore set­tling in for in­for­ma­tive talks from in­spir­ing speak­ers. Owner-de­signer of Loin­cloth & Ashes Anisa Mpungwe, swim­ming coach and fit­ness in­struc­tor Feroza Mo­hamed, me­dia per­son­al­ity Fik­ile Moeti and pre­sen­ter, fit­ness en­thu­si­ast and en­tre­pre­neur Stacey Hol­land spoke to the girls about their own jour­neys to suc­cess,their chal­lenges and what helped them per­se­vere, as well as how they deal with life in the pub­lic eye. Af­ter a short break, with re­fresh­ments from Tashas, Kerry King, an ad­vi­sory part­ner at Ci­tadel, gave the girls an in­tro­duc­tion into fi­nan­cial plan­ning. MC beauty edi­tor Mathahle Stofile ended the day with a talk about groom­ing.

Right, clock­wise from top Stacey Hol­land chats to the girls; as­pir­ing swim­mers page through Marie Claire; Fik­ile Moeti shares the stage with MC edi­tor As­pa­sia Kar­ras; goodie bags for all; As­pa­sia with Anisa Mpungwe; MC beauty edi­tor Mathahle Stofile. Left, from top The ‘Rio eight’; treats from Tashas; two of the swim­mers; beauty gifts.

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