If you don't know me, here's some info -
I'm a bi-lateral amputee (no legs) paraplegic (can't walk) who thrives on taking on various swimming challenges
Whilst having previously competed as a paralympic swimmer I did various open water events to keep the thrill and enjoyment of swimming alive in me. I am always looking for new open water events to compete in no matter how calm, wild or outrageous they may be.
I have previously completed 5 x 8 miles earning my permanent number in the 8 Mile Club, other open water events and I always keep looking for the next challenge.
In the past 5 months I have competed at the Durban Surf Swim Series, 3 of them being the toughest swims I have ever done. I had to use all my previous mind tricks, train hard but smart and really dig deep within myself to accomplish these events.
When the 16 Miles was introduced at the Midmar Mile I knew I wanted to complete it. This event will be tough and gruelling for me but I know that I can complete it, all 16 miles!
With your support I hope to raise my commitment of R20 000.00 towards charity. The charity I am raising funds for is the Duzi Umngeni Conservation Trust (visit http://www.duct.org.za/ for more information). Should you require a S18A Tax certificate, pay your donation directly to DUCT (details- DUCT Projects account, Account no: 1142593509, Nedbank, Branch Code 198765, Reference: C.Gifford 16Miles).
I know this is a huge amount to anyone these days however every little bit counts and it all goes towards a worthy cause.
Your support would be greatly appreciated.