Swimming Plus - Open water swimming events in Jeffreys Bay
Challenge Yourself This Winter

Now in its forth year, the Cold Water Classic is truly an extreme event that forms part of the JBay Winterfest being held from 6 - 17 July 2016 in Jeffreys Bay. Held on the 16 July 2016, swimmers can test themselves by swimming a mile, double mile or triple mile in ±12°C water.

Key People

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Kevin Richards

Kevin won the Redhouse River Mile at the age of 14, and went on to claim six titles in the event.

He was also a South African national swimming champion and from 1984 to 1986, held the South African record for both the 100m and 200m backstroke.

Kevin was also the national surf swim champion in 1984.

He then started competing in Triathlons and became the South African national champion in 1993. Before turning professional, he represented South Africa from 1992 to 1993.

Highly regarded as a coach, Kevin coached triathlon professionally in France in 1996 before becoming the South African National Triathlon Team Coach from 1997 to 1998. From 1999 until 2002, he was the Head Coach of the University of Port Elizabeth Swimming Club.

Kevin then spent 10 years in the UK working for a major swim/triathlon brand and was closely involved with a number of major triathlon and open water events.

He returned to South Africa in 2012 and has become involved with swim coaching as well as the organising of events.

Brenton Williams

Brenton is on the forefront of open water butterfly swimming in the world and has been nominated by the World Open Water Swim Association for the 2012 Swim Performance of the Year Award. He is the only South African to be nominated in this category.

South Africa’s only male open water butterfly swimmer, Brenton has completed unprecedented butterfly swims in Cape Town (8 km Deep Blue Invitational and 5 km Shipwreck Swim), Plettenberg Bay (5 km Sabrina Love), Port Elizabeth (8 km Bell Buoy Challenge) as well as a 10 km in the canals at Marina Martinique.

He is also the reigning Eastern Cape 25 km swim champion, as well as part of a team of 6 swimmers who set a new world record of 350 km for the longest continual open water relay swim. This swim was held in Marina Martinique in March 2012.

Brenton has been responsible for putting Jeffreys Bay on the map when it comes to open water swimming and has organised numerous events at Marina Martinique as well extreme sea swims along the surf zone in J-Bay.

Of late, no fewer than 5 Olympic open water swimmers have raced in Marina Martinique. Amongst these swimmers were Martina Grimaldi, the bronze medallist at London 2012, as well as the iconic South African swimmer Natalie du Toit.

Brenton also teaches learn to swim for all ages in Jeffreys Bay and has been involved with swim coaching since 2000.

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