"A lot of the sport is never giving up, belief that what you’re doing has a purpose and most importantly - enjoying it. "
Club: Seals Swimming Club
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I loved swimming from a young age but after I watched the 2008 Olympic Games on TV I knew that it was something I wanted to be a part of. I started training really hard and committed everything I had to the sport. After enduring many highs and lows and facing plenty of challenges I eventually started winning my races which got me to live my Olympic dream.
I never started open water swimming with the goal of going to the Olympics, but rather as weekend camping trips with my family. Plenty a time we packed the canoes, braai and fishing rods for a few days of enjoying the outdoors, before competing in an event. Besides the memories I’ve been able to make with my family and friends, I’ve also loved travelling. The best part of open water swimming is that no swim is ever the same, the venue is never the same and we get to compete in some of the most beautiful ocean, seas, lakes and dams.
Notable swim career achievements
- Junior World Champion - 5km Open Water Swim
- Junior Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist
- 2016 Olympian
- 2014 Youth Olympian
- South African Champion in the 5km and 10km for 7 years
My goals for 2020
- To compete in the 2020 Olympic Games
- Compete at the FINA Open Water World Cup Series
- Complete a Robben Island crossing
- Host swim clinics
- Connect with athletes through Share-A-Lane
- Motivate and inspire all swimmers
Key swim events which you will be partaking in this year
- Midmar Mile - 08 - 09 February
- SA Open Water Nationals - 07 - 08 March
Favourite Speedo training piece
Fastskin Elite Goggle and the Fastskin Kickfin