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Abriella hopes to be youngest person to complete Robben Island swim

20 August 2017 – 14:20
BY FARREN COLLINS

Great White sharks do not worry 10-year-old ju-jitsu student Abriella Bredell.

Jellyfish will be more of a concern when she tries to become the youngest person ever to complete the Robben Island Channel open water swim off Cape Town.

Bredell will take on the 7.6km swim‚ through a busy shipping lane and in 12 degree Celsius water‚ from Big Bay to the historic island in December. The crossing is considered one of the most treacherous open water swims in the world.

The Grade five pupil from Victory Christian School in Jeffrey’s Bay‚ who learnt to swim at the age of two‚ is undergoing rigorous training with her coach and swimming partner Brenton Williams.

“I train six times a week and love the open water‚” said Bredell‚ who will be 11 years and three months old during the crossing.

“I have also started to surf in cold water‚ so think I will be able to swim to Robben Island this December.

“The water here does get very cold in winter. It gets to about 11 degrees‚ so it gets as cold as Cape Town in winter which is helping me to prepare.”

Bredell completed her first open water swim at the age of seven. She has since done the 3km Oceana swim‚ the Peer to Pubs and completed numerous 5km swims as part of ColdWater Classic in Jeffrey’s Bay.

But it is not only her love for the open water where “you’re not restricted” that motivates her to complete the iconic swim. She is hoping to raise R2-million for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital through crowdfunding donations.

“This is my first time crowdfunding and I really enjoy it. Just knowing that you can save someone’s life is awesome‚” she said.

By Sunday afternoon she had raised nearly R46‚000.

Marketing officer for crowdfunding platform BackaBuddy‚ Zane Groenewald‚ said sporting events created a perfect opportunity for people to crowdfund‚ and “a number of important causes have become increasingly popular” through it.

The current record for the youngest person to complete the Robben Island swim is held by Enya van Niekerk‚ who was 12-years-old when she made the crossing last year. More than 500 people have completed the swim.

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Girl (10) takes on Robben Island Channel swim to raise funds for Red Cross

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J-Bay girl may become youngest to swim Robben Island channel

Great white sharks do not worry 10-year-old ju-jitsu student Abriella Bredell.

Jellyfish will be more of a concern for the Jeffreys Bay schoolgirl when she tries to become the youngest person ever to complete the Robben Island channel open water swim off Cape Town.

Abriella will take on the 7.6km swim‚ through a busy shipping lane and in 12°C water‚ from Big Bay to the historic island in December.

The crossing is considered one of the most treacherous open water swims in the world.

The Grade 5 pupil from Victory Christian School, who learnt to swim at the age of two‚ is undergoing rigorous training with her coach and swimming partner, Brenton Williams.

“I train six times a week and love the open water‚” Abriella‚ who will be 11 years and three months old during the crossing, said.

“I have also started to surf in cold water‚ so think I will be able to swim to Robben Island this December.

“The water here does get very cold in winter. It gets to about 11°C‚ so it gets as cold as the sea around Cape Town in winter which is helping me to prepare.”

Abriella completed her first open water swim at the age of seven. She has since done the 3km Oceana swim‚ the Peer to Pubs and completed numerous 5km swims as part of the Jeffreys Bay ColdWater Classic.

But it is not only her love for the open water that motivates her to complete the iconic swim.

She is hoping to raise R2-million for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital through crowdfunding donations.

By yesterday afternoon, she had raised nearly R46 000.

–TimesLIVE

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Girl, 10, plans epic swim to raise funds

Cape Town – A 10-year-old girl will swim from Robben Island to Blouberg to raise R2 million for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust.

Abriella Bredell will swim freestyle on December 15 from Robben Island to Bloubergstrand.

The Grade 5 pupil from Victory Christian School in Jeffreys Bay wants to prove to the world that dynamite definitely comes in small packages.

Abriella will take on the legendary Robben Island Channel crossing, which is one of the toughest open-water swims in the world.

If she makes it she would be the youngest participant to complete the 7.9km swim.

Cold water, sharks, swimming through a busy shipping lane, big swells and wind-whipped seas are some of the challenges awaiting her.

“ I am a very competitive person and enjoy swimming races against other people, and improving my times,” Abriella said.

She chose Red Cross Hospital as the beneficiary of her swim because she is moved by the work they do.

“It is hospital where kids can go and they are helped in the best way that they can be helped. I am very excited and I know that I will finish the swim, but I am most excited to raise money for the hospital,” said Abriella.

Her crowdfunding campaign has so far raised R43404.82.

Support Abriella’s campaign on BackaBuddy here.

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