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Freedom swim

Robben Island to Big Bay


A 7.4 - 11km swim from Robben Island to Big Bay Beach in Bloubergstrand. I was joined by 7 other women (mostly novices) on this adventure.



Freedom swim

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Island Escape

Robben Island is  known  as the place where Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years in jail. The island has since become a symbol of the triumph of democracy and freedom over oppression, a testimony to the power and resilience of the human spirit.

The Robben Island open-water swim is an iconic South African event from Robben Island to Big Bay Beach in Bloubergstrand. The distance of the swim ranges from 7.4 - 11km, depending on sea currents and the ability to swim straight. I for one, do not swim straight.

On the 18 October (a beautiful calm day) I was joined by 7 women to take on this challenge (Veronica Todd, Erica Terblanche, Leanne Webster, Simone Sharpe, Robyn Cowley, Abigail Avidon and Sheila-Ann Tobey).  We were ably supported by Derrick Frazer (Big Bay events) with 2 swimmers per boat. The swim was beautiful and a huge success. .These bold women put their fears aside and gave it their best effort  Women are beautiful. We are also tough and powerful. We hope that our unity will inspire, motivate and encourage other women to find their unique inner strength and resilience.

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our swim was used to raise awareness and funds for the “I love Boobies” campaign, an NGO that provides free breast examinations to South African women who are unable to access such medical services due to financial, locational or social challenges. Thank you to all who donated!


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