Fun swim event for the family
THE V&A Waterfront will be hosting an exciting family event in the form of an open-water swim for the whole family this coming October.
The Waterfront Rotary Canal Swim is a timed open-water swim being held at Battery Park on October 13. Participants will be able to take part in the 1.6km timed swim or the 0.8km leisurely swim along the canal, and will be overseen by medical teams and water safety officials.
Well-known open water swimmer Theodore Yach, who had recently finished his 108th Robben Island crossing, is one of the ambassadors of the event. “The Waterfront Rotary Canal Swim is an event for the whole family in a beautiful, unique and safe environment,” he said.
Another ambassador, Michelle Weber, who previously competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in the Women’s 10km marathon, said: “It’s the first time a race like this is being held. My favourite thing about open-water events is that it’s such fun for families to come together and enjoy the racing, food vendors and atmosphere.
“I’m excited about this event because Rotary is using the funds to uplift local communities; also, the venue we will be swimming in is exciting for open-water swimming. There aren’t many like it and I can’t wait to experience it.”
In addition to family fun, event organisers the Waterfront Rotary Club hope to increase awareness of ocean pollution by collaborating with the Two Oceans Aquarium in the Art From Ocean Trash competition.
The event will be open to all ages, and food and refreshments will be on sale for participants to unwind after the long day of swimming. The Waterfront Rotary Canal Swim is sure to be a fun family outing and a must for all water lovers.
Former South African Olympic swimmer Michelle Weber is one of the Waterfront Rotary Canal Swim ambassadors.
Schools have been invited to enter an “Art From Ocean Trash” competition highlighting the plastic waste menace. The competition will be judged on the day of the open water swim in the Waterfront Canal.