Carina Bruwer

Carina Bruwer from Sterling EQ

Flautist and founder of the MTN SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC AWARDS-winning instrumental pop band Sterling EQ, Carina Bruwer initiated Swim For Hope as a solo effort in 2013. Carina made her mark on the open water & marathon swimming record books during 2004 – 2006, having completed and set new records …

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Neil Ralphs

Neil Ralphs (41) is the owner of an Advertising and Retail Display business in Johannesburg – C4 Direct Marketing. He is a fan of anything to do with water, including Scuba diving and swimming. The open water bug bit in 2011 with the completion of his first Robben Island crossing. Neil …

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Johan Wegner

Johan Wegner (48) lives in Panorama, Cape Town. He is in a family business with two of his brothers, Karel and Ad Wegner, and he is Head of Operations for, an online business that sells wines to the end consumers across South Africa. Johan has been married to Dorita for 24 …

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Kiki Marx

Karon (Kiki) Marx is 45 and an anaesthetist in Johannesburg. She has always loved the sea and swimming, and completing her first Robben Island crossing in 2013 was a huge personal achievement for her. “I’m adventurous and have been TG healthy enough to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and the Otter Trail in …

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Theodore Yach


Theodore Yach (57) lives in several parallel universes simultaneously. From negotiating leases with SA and international corporates and facilitating developments in his role as Cape Town Acquisitions partner at Zenprop – SA’s premier property development and investment company to being married for 30 years to Michelle and proud father to sons, …

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Brenton Williams

Jeffreys Bay swimmer Brenton Williams has completed a number of unprecedented butterfly swims, including a Cape Town to Robben Island swim, as well as a 17 Km swim in Marina Martinique during December 2012. He has also completed the gruelling Deep Blue Invitational swim in St Helena Bay doing only butterfly, as …

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Tony Sellmeyer

Anthony Sellmeyer has done 48 Robben Island crossing since he started open water swimming in 1988 and is hoping to achieve his 50th sometime this year. He got into open water swimming after running many marathons, 7 Two Ocean runs and 14 Argus Cycle Tours, but his hip had packed up …

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Maura Sanderoff

Maura Sanderoff is a Survivor and someone who has deep ties to the Deep South. “I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) at age 16 (long time ago 44 years) and thankfully survived all the treatments but did have to have my leg amputated. My love for the sea and swimming …

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Toni Enderli


A seasoned long distance and cold water swimmer, Toni Enderli has an English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Double Alcatraz (San Franciso) and 14 Robben Island crossings to his name, amongst other big swims. ”To find happiness, fulfilment and value in living. I will seek out and experience all of the pleasures …

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Charl Cilliers


Charl Cilliers (45) has actively participated in numerous sports before falling in love with swimming in 2007.  These include being a Navy diver in Simonstown during the late 80s, a canoeing (he completed Bergrivier Marathons, Breede- Fish and Orange Rivers), surf skiing (highlights include Cape Point marathons and Knysna to …

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