Jeffreys Bay
Local swimmers excel at Marina Mile

Caro de Jager, winner of the Steers 5 K swim. Photo: Paul Van Jaarsveld

Splendid weather and warm water greeted the 150 participants who took part in the 2012 swimming Plus Marina Mile, which was held in late December at Marina Martinique.

The Marina Mile has grown into a two day open water swim festival and offers swims like the traditional mile as well as an extreme 25 K swim which tests swimmers to the absolute limit.

Local swimmer Caro de Jager showed that she has the potential to become the first JBay swimmer to ever win the Marina Mile, when she came second to Olympian Jessica Roux in the women’s mile.

De Jager was not far off the pace and Roux remarked after the race that she will have to keep an eye out for the Jeffreys Bay swimmer in time to come.

Caro had earlier won the Steers Double Mile and it would have been interesting to see how she would have fared against the Olympian had she started the Mile without having swam earlier in the day.

To cap a fine weekend of swimming, de Jager then went on to win the Steers 5 K event the following day in a very respectable time of 1 hour 5 minutes.

Chris Reid from Port Elizabeth won the Men’s mile, with Seth de Swart from JBay winning his age group and placing 10th overall.

Rebecca Baard, Michelle Strydom, Buzz Friday, Robert Gault, Anne de Swart, Tanya Lategan and Cheryl Gibson-Dicks all had good swims and did Jeffreys Bay proud at the Marina Mile.

Tyron Venter, winner of the Double Mile and the Core Surf Gear 25 K swim.

Tyron Venter, the South African 25 K champion, took advantage of the R 2000 prize money, sponsored by Core Surf Gear for the winner of the gruelling marathon swim.

Venter blitzed his way to victory in a world class time of 5 hours 33 minutes to set himself up for a fine year of swimming ahead.

Koffie Jacobs from Core Surf Gear said that it was great to see extreme events taking place in Jeffreys Bay. “I watched the 25 K throughout the day and what these swimmers are doing is really extreme and Core Surf Gear is stoked to be a part of open water swimming, we happy to support it and see the event grow in JBay”, said Jacobs.

To view all the pictures and see the results from the 2012 Marina Mile, visit www.swimmingplus.com

Swim training has commenced this week with open water training taking place at Marina Martinique and pool training and learn to swim taking place at the Training Edge Gym. Email swim@truewan.co.za for more information.

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