Fun swim event for the fam­ily

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Roodt

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.

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