Madswimmer’s official kick-off of their (mostly mental) training programme for 2015 started this year at the Sterkfontein Dam.
On 22 February Jean Craven, Terry Bantock, Megan Harrington-Johnson, Nadia Bacchini, Emil Berning, Duncan Kukard and Milton Brest swam 18,15 km, crossing the full length of the Sterkfontein Dam. Eleven others did a relay. They were Mona van Eeden, Nadia Bacchini, Hardi Wilkins, Linda Main, Elaine Sinden, Dean Jones, Darren Madgwick, Georgina Dorelay, Chelsea Bosworth, Zia Hattingh, Jeandre Fourie, Wessel Jacobsz, Victoria Rose, Wilna Bonthuys and Kobie Odendaal. The team was supported by Johann Theron.
The water was between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius and at times quite choppy. Swimmers stopped every 2 – 5 minutes for a short break and finished within 5 hours and 16 minutes. All and all it was a long but good swim in aid of the SAVF Louis Hildebrandt Children’s Home in Volksrust. An amount of R8000 was raised.