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When I swam ashore at Makapu beach, I was surprised to see a local TV crew waiting for me. I had done this swim to create awareness of the importance of eliminating the use of single use plastic so the crew did a short interview with me after the swim which was aired on the local news that night.

My boyfriend, Andries, his sister (Juanita), Linda and her friend, Jane and my brother’s friend Michelle were all on the beach at the finish with leis (Hawaiian garlands) and hugs to congratulate me and my team on the swim. We piled into Linda’s truck and headed to fetch our stuff from the...

The sand is so warm and Sarah and I lie down and soak up the final rays of sun trying to calm the nerves and not think too much about what lies before us. John busies himself prepping our dinner and what we need to get ready for the start. Sunset is beautiful. Once it gets dark we head up to the pool area to get out of the wind and find some light. I force down my pre-swim meal of Ensure, Pronutro and a boiled egg.

The boat captain Ivan had originally suggested a 7 or 8pm start. It is now 9pm. John is convinced we should delay the start because of the wind predictions. We spend some...

They say a channel is never over till it’s over. I discovered the truth of that a little over two weeks ago when I tackled the ominous Ka’iwi channel (also known as The Channel of Bones).

PRELUDE

Let’s rewind a few years to take you back to where it all started for me. I was a lone traveller and found myself on the big island of Hawaii competing in my first ever open water swimming race with the island of Maui looming in the distance. A fleeting thought crossed my mind: “Has anyone ever swum to that island before?”

That fleeting thought almost five...

What could possibly speak more for man’s prowess as an athlete than the ability to master earth’s most abundant, most powerful element- WATER’

This is my quote for this week. I love it because it speaks about the challenges of open water swimming. But I don’t believe it is all true. We are always at the risk of the elements. I have huge respect for the ocean. I am regularly humbled by it. We will never master it. I have loved the water since before I could walk. I respect the ocean and even with my many years of training I know the ocean will always...

Yesterday I got to tick another big box. I have been dreaming of swimming to Aliwal shoal for over a year now since I was trying to look for some unique training swims to help prepare me for my big Ka’iwi channel swim in 50 days time!

It never worked out last year with finding the right conditions to match with the schedules of my chosen team. So yesterday finally turned out to be the best day.
 With one of my passions and huge reason for my upcoming channel crossing being creating awareness for ocean conservation, Aliwal shoal was a great option for a training swim for a few...

We live in a beautiful city. I was doing another ocean training swim the other day and it struck me again how privileged we are to live in this city with easy access to the beach and an incredible outdoor lifestyle. The ocean is warm all year round and still teeming with life.

The water was crystal clear that day and I started the swim by swimming over our local reef. What a way to train, seeing fish scurrying over rocks and the sand get churned up by the odd swell that was rolling in.

This past week was the South African National Swimming Championships, a qualifying event...

 This past week I got to speak to Cameron Bellamy who just 3 weeks ago completed the Kaiwi channel crossing. Cameron is an incredible guy who has done more than his fair share of endurance events from cross Atlantic rowing, cross country cycling and is just 2 channel crossings away from completing the oceans 7 challenge!

It was such a privilege to chat to him and so helpful. I came away from the conversation so excited for my swim. It was the first time I have been excited for the swim. Up till now, it has been so far away and too big to contemplate getting excited, with far too...

It looked like a perfect day. The water was clear, clean and reflective. The sky was overcast, keeping in a little warmth and there was no wind. Not what we had anticipated and not what I signed up for. I had planned to do a training swim in Cape Town under certain criteria. The water needed to be over 12 degrees Celsius and I did not want it to be flat. The temperature was 14 degrees, but the water appeared flat. Derrick (the skipper) had cancelled a race with 140 swimmers because of the forecast swell so he was not too stoked either!

I had a friend, Kim swimming with me and she...

“To stand in the fire of your deepest fears in passionate pursuit of your highest dreams is to rise to the realm of legends” (Robin Sharma)

I was swimming the other day- just fitting in another session; and I realised, I have only twenty seven more phone calls to make to my coach in Cape Town for my program. That is twenty seven more programs to get through before I pursue one of my highest dreams.

This has been a reality for me for some time now, but somehow, the number twenty seven made it so much more of a reality. When I started...

Some of you may know I have been doing a countdown. Each week I have a quote to help motivate me for the week. This week’s quote is one of my favourites. It is quite ironic considering that I am doing a countdown, counting down the days, when this weeks’ quote says quite the opposite.

I am very aware of the importance of embracing each day as a gift and not getting caught up in the end goal due to the fragile and unpredictable nature of life. Whilst I am an advocate of goal setting and it is one of the things that drives me, it is not what defines me.

I am privileged to be...

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