An exciting new open-water timed swim will be launched on Saturday, October 13, when swimmers take to the Waterfront Canal for a mile and half-mile timed swim, with a day of family fun at the new Battery Park, in the V&A Waterfront’s Canal District.
Theodore Yach, well-known open water swimmer who has just completed his 108th Robben Island crossing, is one of the ambassadors supporting the swim. “The Waterfront Rotary Canal Swim is an event for the whole family in a beautiful, unique, and safe environment,” says Yach.
This multiple family fun day event will see “waves of swimmers” take to the canal in the morning for a one mile timed accredited event, along with a half-mile swim. In the afternoon corporates from the V&A precinct will pit their creative design skills against strong competition, to participate in an “Anything that Floats” event. There will be adequate teams of water safety officials at the event.
Michelle Weber is passionate about open-water swimming. She competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in the women’s marathon 10km event. She is also supporting the Waterfront Rotary Swim as an ambassador. “The Waterfront Rotary Canal Swim is a one-mile race held in the V&A Waterfront Canals. 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,” she says.
“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.”
The event will also be “making waves” to raise awareness of the increasing impact of pollution in our oceans and on our beaches. The Rotary Club of Waterfront is partnering with the V&A Waterfront to launch this initiative during the Oceans Life Festival.
The event will place strong emphasis on the importance of education and awareness of the state of our oceans (especially plastic) which will be driven through collaboration with the Two Oceans Aquarium. Schools will be encouraged to create amazing designs in an “Art from Ocean trash” competition.
Added to this will be food, fun and entertainment with a strong family fun component that should bring life and laughter to this new event area.
* Visit www.waterfrontrotary.org for more information.