The Jeffreys Bay Steers has committed to being a long term sponsor for the annual Marina Mile which has become one of the biggest open water swim events in South Africa.
The Mile was resurrected in 2002 when Yvonne Lentinello and Brenton Williams held the event which was won by Port Elizabeth swimmer David Glover.
Eastern Cape swimmers have dominated the Mile ever since with Matthew van Der Burg, Philip Kuhn, Byron Lockett, David Marais, Michael Marais and Chris Van Der Sande all having won the event over the past nine years.
Two women have dominated the Steers Marina Mile, with Springbok swimmers Velia Janse Van Rensburg and of late Jessica Roux both being multiple winners at Marina Martinique.
Last year the Steers Marina Mile evolved into a two day event with an extreme 25 Km swim being added to the programme. The inaugural 25 K was won by Rebecca Newman from Port Elizabeth and Brenton Williams, the veteran Jeffreys Bay swimmer.
Tyron Venter, the 25 K South African champion will have another crack at the extreme swim this year after having to pull out of last year’s event at the 10 km mark due to a shoulder injury.
Once again Steers will sponsor the collector item Marina Mile T-shirts for the first 100 entrants.
“The Steers Marina Mile has become a well known swim around South Africa and we are proud be to the official sponsor of the event”, said Breyten de Beer from Steers Jeffreys Bay.
“The swim has generated huge exposure for Jeffreys Bay and Marina Martinique was chosen to host the South African Open Water Swim Champs in April as a result.
There are now international open water swimmers who are using Jeffreys Bay as a training base for the Olympics next year and we are sure that the sport of open water swimming will flourish in our town and bring more positive exposure for Jeffreys Bay”, added de Beer.
Marina Martinique is a perfect open water swim venue due to the protected canals and pollution free salt water canals. See you there in December!