Just short of 200 swimmers took on the canals of Marina Martinique in the 2011 Steers Marina Mile in conditions that varied from great to really choppy .
Jessica Roux, the Springbok open water swimmer continued to dominate the Steers Women’s Mile and successfully defended her title once again.
Up and coming Jeffreys Bay swimmer Caro de Jager took third place and showed talent that could one day see her becoming the first local to win the Steers Mile.
Earlier in the day Roux won the Double Mile as well. “I love racing at Marina Martinique and am happy that I managed to defend my titles” said Roux, who is now training in Durban.
South African 25 K Champion Tyron Venter also did the double and won both the Steers Mile as well as the Double Mile.
“The Steers Marina Mile is one of the big swims on the South African calendar and I am proud to have won my first title ”, said Venter.
Venter went on to win both the Steers 10 K and the 5 K swims the following day, to make it 4 out of 4, the first time this has ever been accomplished at the Jeffreys Bay open water swim festival.
Tyron is a great example to the younger open water swimmers in South Africa. “He is a tough competitor who comes to an event and swims hard in as many events as he can”, said event organiser, Brenton Williams.
Williams went on to set some records himself over the two day event by swimming the Steers Mile only using the butterfly stroke, regarded as the most demanding of the swim strokes.
The veteran Jeffreys Bay swimmer, who is also a DA Councillor on the Kouga Council, went one further the next day by swimming the 10 K butterfly.
This is the first time that a 10 K open water swim, sanctioned by Swim SA, has been completed by only using the butterfly stroke, in South Africa.
Williams used about 5500 butterfly strokes to complete the marathon swim and is doing the swims to raise funds and awareness for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).
Another local swimmer Seth de Swart had a great mile to finish in 5th position despite only being 12 yrs old and having to swim against older competitors.
Sponsor of the event, Breyten de Beer from Steers Jeffreys Bay said that the 2011 Mile was a great success and that he was looking forward to the 2012 Steers Mile.
“We will be looking at ways of making the Steers Mile even bigger and better than what is already is”, said De Beer. The Steers Mile is already a drawcard that brings swimmers to Jeffreys Bay and we want to make sure the event remains one of the top Mile events in South Africa.
Full results can be found at www.marina-mile.co.za