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Couple conquers Mount Kilimanjaro

MIDRAND – Halfway House residents, George and Mapule Nyabadza, underwent a rigorous training process in order to fulfill their dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

They ascended the mountain in five days and covered a distance of 70 km. Mapule said, “Almost everyone we spoke to before we went up Kili, including our agent, never mentioned just how tough it is, but we were as prepared as we could be.”

They trained for seven months before attempting to climb the mountain, and they constructed the training programme themselves, making allowances for all the hardships they would endure in their expedition. Their programme included walking, hiking and other cardiovascular training. Mapule said, “Just think of walking 100 km over seven days. Even on flat terrain you need to be fit to do that well.”

As part of their training regime, the Nyabadzas did regular swimming training with Debbie Dolphins Club in Midrand.

The Nyabadzas opted for the swimming training because they knew it would help with acclimatisation. Mapule explained, “As we climbed higher and higher we kept reminding each other to do the ‘swimming breath’: breathing deeply into the lungs via the back of the throat.

As hard as the swimming training was, especially during the last month – as the coaches pushed us harder and harder – it built within us a strong cardiovascular ability to break through the acclimatisation barrier.

“The conspiracy by the swimming training team to kill us in the pool paid off! The best thing we ever did for assisting with acclimatisation was to embark on regular swimming training.”

Although the climb was difficult, Mapule admitted that climbing Kilimanjaro was an amazing and life-changing experience, especially because the couple is very adventurous and loves the outdoors.

Mapule added, “Kili changes you deeply and personally in every aspect: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.”

 

For the past eight weeks, the residents have been showing off their skills to staff members from intellectually disabled homes throughout Gauteng.

Owner of the swim school, Estelle Barnard, explained Special Olympics South Africa approached Debbie Dolphins and Midrand Swimming Academy to educate staff from intellectually disabled homes on the basics of swimming, in the hope that they would go on to receive further training to teach intellectually disabled people how to swim.

Barnard said most of the staff did not know how to swim themselves. As 38 participants joined the course, Barnard and her daughters Candice Janse van Rensburg and Cindy-Lee Barnard decided to change their lesson plan to teach the staff about swimming from the side of the pool, while the Cluny Farm residents practiced their strokes.

After seven weeks of learning and completing homework assignments, eight of the participants who showed the most commitment were selected to swim in the final session on 17 October.

Janse van Rensburg explained that commitment was needed from both the swim school and those who wanted to learn. “We are here to support all of you one hundred percent, but you need to also be totally committed to want to learn how to swim,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Special Olympics South Africa assistant manager Igna Steyn thanked the swim school for its support. She said, “For those of you who are not returning, do not see this as the end of the road. Still try to take the appropriate courses to learn how to swim and how to teach others. Debbie Dolphins is here for you and they will point you in the right direction.”

Before finishing the lesson on 10 October, Barnard and Janse van Rensburg explained how the participants could receive further training through Swim South Africa.

Maureen van Vuuren of Irene Homes was one of the participants on the course. She found the lessons useful and had already shown some of the residents at Irene the lessons she had learnt.

She said she believed it was important to learn the skills in order to help the intellectually disabled to use the pool to its full potential.

 

Caregivers from homes for intellectually disabled people spent eight weeks learning about swimming at Debbie Dolphin's Swimming School in Noordwyk.<br /><br />
Estelle Barnard helps Cluny Farm residents, along with the help of Cindy-Lee Barnard at Debbie Dolphin's Swimming School in Noordwyk.<br /><br />
The participants enjoy watching the Cluny Farm residents swim.<br /><br />

 

 

HELLO EVERYONE

SUMMER TIME IS AROUND THE CORNER AND REGISTRATION FOR THIS SEASON IS OPEN.

WE HAVE LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE, SO HURRY AND GET BOOKED IN FOR LESSONS.

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

REGARDS

CANDICE

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Have got part of the line up for the conference Cindy and I will be attending

“IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME”:

Pieter du Preez – The Journey of Inspiration…
On the 11 May 2013, Pieter du Preez will attempt to become the world’s first C6 quadriplegic to complete the Busselton 70.3 Half Iron Man Triathlon.

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Lori Klatt – all the way from California USA, teaching Swimming since 1988 – currently a National Program Director Trainer for “SwimAmerica” the Learn to Swim Program of the American Swimming Coaches Association and she also serves as the Director of the American Learn To Swim Teachers Association.

Clayton Cumming – Educational Psychologist – Born & Raised in Springs – Blackfin Swimming Club Coach since 1999 – had swimmers swim at SA Senior Nationals for 10 consecutive years, had swimmers qualify and swim at FINA world short course Champs, two swimmers that were SA record holders.

Warren Mc Cann – Ultimate Sports Performance Owner – X-SA Schools Rugby team player, SA Masters Athletics 100m record holder.

Rocco Meiring – High Performance Centre Marketing & Coach University of Pretoria. Swimming, Triathlon & Masters Coach. (more history details to follow in next notice)

Advocate C. Pleho – Private (BACCALAUREUS PROCURATIONIS-B.PROC.-University of Pretoria) Practicing law for over 35 years – Served in the SA Department of Justice for 10 years, National Director of Public Prosecutions for 13 years. Since 2004 in Private practice.

Debra Morrison – Teacher / Coach – (B.A. in Sport Psychology 2000 – Cum Laude B.A. HONS (PSYCH) – 2006 Sport Counseling)
Owner, Manager & teacher “Headstart Swimming” Virgin Active –2007 till present.

Johan Kruger – Owner Orenco – X President of Eastern Aquatic’s executive committee and many years voluntary involvement in swimming – from Chief Judge at gala’s on National levels, and SSA consultant on Insurance.

Dr Tania Holz – Educational Psychologist – (HdipEd BA MED) Fourteen years of teaching experience includes acting as an Educator and Head of Department in both mainstream and specialised schooling (Murial Brand School) in the Foundation, Intermediate and High School Phases. Experience as an Educational Psychologist has been ongoing since 2002 in Private Practice. Psycho-legal assessment and case management.

CANT WAIT….COUNTING THE DAYS

                                          

 

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Registration for SAWFA sent through for 2013/2014. 

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