Winter like conditions greeted the diehard swimmers who took part in the Kouga Express EPA Open Water Swim Challenge that took place at Marina Martinique on Sunday.

20 degree water with the cloudy and chilly wind saw just three swimmers enter the Insight Properties 10 K swim on Saturday afternoon.Bronze medallist winner at the SA Open Water Swim Champs in April, Michael Marais swam a national qualifying time in winning the event, while Rebecca Newman won the women’s division. Brenton Williams, the coach of the Kouga Swim Club completed the 10 K in just under 3 hours.

Sunday morning saw Chris Van Der Sande won the jbaynews.com 5 K swim while up and coming star Jamie-Lee Schlemmer won the women’s race to record her first win over the distance. Master swimmer JC Van Wyk had a great swim in his first ever 5 K swim and narrowly missed out on a national qualifying time in winning the over 40 division. Russel Tucker won the over 50 division.

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Brenton Williams won the Cirrus 3 K swim from fellow J’Bay local Bobby Dicks, who was taking part in his first ever 3 K event. Denise Bosman won the ladies race while Cheryl Gibson Dicks came second in the over 40 division.

Local swimmer Caro De Jager had a strong swim to silver in the Training Edge 1 K swim while Seth De Swart came second in the men’s category.

Kouga Swim Club members dominated the 500 m swim with Danie Ellis winning the boys race with Rebecca Baard, in her first ever race winning the girls division. “I was only going to swim the bank to bank but we did a training session in the canals on Friday afternoon that made me feel confident that I could race the 500 m”, said Becky. “I am hoping to do my first 1 K swim by the end of the season”, she added.

Rebecca Baard with her gold medal for winning the 500m swim

Open water swimming swings to Port Elizabeth this weeekend for the first race in the Weekend Post Ocean Racing Series. There is a choice between a 1 K and a 3 swim.

Kouga Swim Club is holding open water training sessions in Marina Martinique every Tuesday and Thursday morning as well as Friday afternoons. Email kougaswim@vodamail.co.za for more information.

Entries are open for the Steers Marina Mile and only the first 100 entrants will receive the event t-shirts. Entries can be done at www.marina-mile.co.za

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