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
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.
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.