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I was recently away in Zimbabwe for work. We were staying at a local teachers training college which had just built some new prefab buildings to accommodate all of us. It was so recent in fact that some of the roofs were not up yet, the paint was still wet and we had no toilet seats in our block. Our geyser burst twice in the 2 weeks we were staying there and we only had hot water despite the scourching hot weather we were having. Queues for the dining hall varied between 20 and 90 minutes with very slight variations of each meal being served every day.
 
Despite all these...

Robben Island swim 4 January 2015 

Open water swimming is a tough sport, mentally as well as physically. It is entirely dependent on Mother Nature: she has the final say and will humble the strongest, most accomplished open water swimmer on any given day.

I recently spent three weeks in Cape Town on holiday hoping for the perfect day to swim around Cape Point. This was to be one of my preparation swims in my build-up to a Hawaii channel crossing I am planning to do in 2016. Out of the 21 days I was in Cape Town, only one day was looking positive, the day...

I was recently invited to be one of the guest speakers at Durban Girls College for their annual Sports Awards Dinner. It was such an honour and privilege to be able to share a small part of my story with the future sporting generation. I was humbled to be sharing alongside Grant Twiggy Baker- (World number 1 big Wave Surfer) I thought the questions put to me were incredibly perceptive and pertinent to encompass why I do what I do and what drives me. I am pasting a copy of the interview below:
 
John Mcarthy -owner and editor of the online Bomb Surf magazine was the interviewer...

Swimming in cold water is invigorating. I forget how much I actually love it. Most people simply think I am mad, but nothing makes me come more alive than swimming in God’s creation in icy crystal clear water. Last weekend I did a cold water training swim in preparation for my upcoming Cape Point Challenge in Cape Town in December. My goal was to swim for 30 minutes minimum and if I felt good to push it to 40 minutes.

As the afternoon approached I starting doing my mental preparation. It was going to be cold. I have not swum in cold water for months and so I forgot what to expect! I...

It's been three days since I completed the first stepping stone to achieving one of my sporting dreams. I have been flat on my back on the couch since 1pm on Saturday, just one hour after swimming 18km from Umhlanga lighthouse to Marine Surf Lifesaving Club. I think my weak physical state is a combination of a stomach bug and pure exhaustion.
 
The buildup to this day has been a long journey, one I could never have managed alone. It all started sitting on the couch at my friend and sports psychologists office putting into action stepping stones in pursuing a dream bigger than I...

I am not a photographer, but I’m really enjoying my new underwater camera. I like to view life a bit differently (or at least I like to think that I do) and I don’t want to be like everybody else. I see myself as a pioneer in many areas.

Until recently I had only used my camera in a swimming pool or the sea, but last weekend I had the opportunity to take some photographs in a lake. A lake is VERY different, the water is dark and brown and the lighting is difficult. It is much harder to see things unless you have the light shining through and then only if the bottom hasn’t been...

I just spent the weekend up in Kosi Bay, a stunning reserve up in Northern KwaZulu Natal. I went with a bunch of girls and it was so lovely! None of us are typical ‘girlie girls’ and we all worked so well together as a team, efficiently getting supper together and getting the job done like a well-oiled machine. No complaints or admin, just picking up a knife and cutting tomato or onion, washing the dishes, or making tea, it was such a pleasure. We all had time to be alone or with people and it was great.

We had such a fun time and our motto for the weekend was ‘It’s part of the fun...

Sometimes life is a grind, things are tough and we strive to try and follow our dreams and make things happen but nothing appears to be happening. After months or years of trying, eventually one tends to get despondent, even someone with a positive inclination. As a generally positive and proactive person, it takes a while for things to get me down, but with all the changes in my life last year and trying to work through new emotions and territories, life got me down to a point where I had to seek help to help make sense of it all and pave a path out.
 
I find myself in a place...

The Catch

Shoulder pain is one of the most common injuries amongst swimmers. It is notorious for ending promising careers and causing months off training. As a former swimmer and physiotherapist I have personally experienced and treated many ‘swimmers' shoulders’ I have dealt with the highs and lows of treatment and rehabilitation and have tried almost all avenues of treatment to sort out an irritating ‘niggly’ shoulder. Having tried and tested physiotherapy, chiropractics, homeopathy (in the form of traumeel and dextrose injections), cortisone, biokinetics, anti-inflammatories, pain patches, shock...

I have been working with a private Pilates client twice a week for the last 3 months. He suffers from a badly ruptured disc and was in poor shape when he got to me. He responded really well for the first 3 weeks making leaps and bounds in his progress and then it became a bit stagnant. We hit a plateau and for about 4-5 weeks could not see a noticeable change, although his pain levels were relatively stable, he was starting to get a bit despondent.

Just last week, we did a roll down with the big ball at the wall and he was able to touch his hands to the floor. This was a remarkable...

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