World class open water swimming will take place at Marina Martinique on Sunday morning.
Natalie du Toit will be in Jeffreys Bay for a training camp and will be joined by fellow Olympian Marina Grimaldi from Italy. Rachele Bruni, who is on the Italian swim team, will also be racing at the Marina.
“I am very excited about training and racing at Marina Martinique and am looking forward to a very fast race on Sunday”, said Natalie du Toit. “We had a great time in Jeffreys Bay during April when we were here for the South African Open Water Swim Champs and it will be awesome to expose the venue to international swimmers”.
Grimaldi won the silver medal in the 10 K swim at the recent World Swim Championships in Shanghai and is regarded as a genuine medal contender for the 10 K at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Rachele Bruni came 4th in the 5 K at the World Championships and was part of the Italian team that won the team pursuit relay at the 2011 European Open Water Swim Champs.
Du Toit, Grimaldi and Bruni all took part in the CGA Lions 5 K swim last Sunday at Florida Lake in Johannesburg. Grimaldi won, with Bruni second and Natalie du Toit taking the third spot.
Jessica Roux, the reigning Marina Mile champion who also competed at the World Champs has confirmed that she will also be at the Marina on Sunday, ensuring that the field is the best ever seen in Jeffreys Bay and probably the best ever assembled in South Africa.
“I am looking forward to competing against such a strong field and am sure it will be a very fast race”, said Roux.
The reigning South African 25 K champion Tyron Venter is also expected to make the trip to Jeffreys Bay for the race.
“The 5 K at the Lions swim was an incredible swim and I am looking forward to going 10 K with Martina”, said Venter.
“She is a tough competitor and the pace at the end of the 5 K at Florida was really fast. I wouldn’t be surprized to see Martina go all the way in the 2012 Olympics”.
Brenton Williams, the coach of the Kouga Swim Club was in Johannesburg over the weekend to accompany the Italian swimmers and to escort them back to Jeffreys Bay after the 5 K race.
“It is awesome to see that Jeffreys Bay is now regarded as one of the best open water swim venues in the world and we are looking forward to having an international field at Marina Martinique on Sunday” said Williams.
The 10 K swim will start at 9 am at Marina Martinique and spectators are more than welcome to come and watch a world class field compete in the canals.