Swim for Hope 2016 ~ Swimmer Introductions Part 2

Swim for Hope 2016Today we would like to introduce you to the next 5 swimmers that will make up the Swim for Hope 2016 team

We officially go on standby TODAY although with lousy weather conditions prevailing the swim will most probably not take place before the 19th March!

We still have some open spots, so if you would like to be considered for a spot on this amazing team, please send an email to info@swimforhope.co.za as soon as possible!

Swim For Hope around the Cape of Good Hope is an exclusive group swim attempt around Cape Point, to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s Bag of Hope project.

A BAG OF HOPE provides essentials for both the Child with Cancer and his/her mother or bedside caregiver, with items such as toiletries, pyjamas, non-perishable food, educational toys, blankets and sanitary products, making a challenging and prolonged hospital stay just a bit more comfortable.


Swim for Hope swimmer

Tony Sellmeyer

tony sellmeyerAnthony 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 packed up and after having a hip replacement, he was limited to swimming.

Tony has been a committee member on the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association for more than 20 years and has encouraged many swimmers to get into open-water swimming and to swim Robben Island, Simonstown to Muizenberg, Cape Point and various other swims that are recognised by CLDSA.

Tony has also been instrumental in keeping the records up to date and has done extensive research into long distance swimming in South Africa to produce a book every so often to keep the record of swims and swimmers up to date.

Please join us in welcoming Tony Sellmeyer to this year’s Swim for Hope Team!


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Justin Coetzee

Justin CoetzeeJustin is a seasoned ocean and extreme endurance swimmer, having been part of the first Swim for Hope group swim in 2014.

He is an avid supporter of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, a conservationist and advocate for the preservation and protection of the global marine environment.

Justin aka “the Water Buffalo” has completed multiple Robben Island Crossings, previously swum around Cape Point, crossed the lesser known Dassen Island to Yzerfontein, Swum from Llandudno to Camps Bay.

Justin has also completed international extreme endurance swims in Siberia, Patagonia and far Eastern Russia.

In addition to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, Justin supports Oceana and the Two Oceans Aquarium Marine Conservation Initiatives 

Please join us in welcoming Justin Coetzee to this year’s Swim for Hope Team!



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Herman van der Westhuizen

Herman van der WesthuizenHerman grew up in Phalaborwa in South Africa. He studied Microbiology and Water Engineering at the University of Pretoria and is now heading a successful water engineering business, Water Skills.

Herman is married to Nina and they have two daughters and a son. They live in Pretoria. Like most people they try to balance work and family life, and now and then manage to get it right.

Herman has been swimming since childhood up to provincial level. He started diving in his early 30s to see what lurks behind the waves. After realising that that there are many scary things there that do not necessarily want to bite you, he pursued free-diving for a short while.

Ocean swimming drew his attention next, and after a couple of Indian Ocean swims, both organised and unorganised, he did his first Robben-Island crossing in 2009, followed by many more. Herman used the Western Cape and Eastern Cape oceans as training grounds for the Everest of swimming, the English Channel crossing in 2012. He has completed a couple of the Iron Man races from 2011 – 2015, and is also a keen kite-surfer; all of his children are also involved in water sports and kite surfing.

In 2014 Herman and his 16-year-old daughter were part of the ADI Mount Elbrus Expedition in Russia, climbing the highest mountain in Europe. This was his first big mountain in snow/ice conditions and his first severe white-out at high altitude.

Since late 2014 he started doing so-called ice-swims – swimming in temperatures -5 degrees. This culminated in a 2nd place in the first SA Ice Swimming Championship in August 2015.

Herman’s view on cold water swimming:

From my scientific background, I find the effect it has on your mind and body extremely interesting. For me, unlike some of the legends in cold water swimming, ice swimming is both tough and scary. It is interesting that most cold water swimmers will (with time) be able to control their body’s natural reactions to ice-cold water. They use this tool to perceive the cold for what it is and objectively manage the brain’s instructions to get out, thus controlling the shock reactions to the body. This is the same techniques used by free divers to overcome the urge to breathe reaction, and the same technique of middle distance runners breaking through the pain threshold.

He was part of the Mad Swimmer Expedition in December 2015 to Mount Ojos (7000m) in Chile, where three swimmers set a new record for the highest ice swim (Speedo’s only) in the world.


It does! And many other things scare me as well, but the biggest one of them all, not doing things when you had the chance to do it. When I am old (getting there fast!), I would prefer to regret some things I did rather than to regret some things I did not. But saying this, to “chase” adventures for the sake of chasing them, is also not good – there are also other aspects to life equally interesting.

Please join us in welcoming Herman van der Westhuizen to this year’s Swim for Hope Team!


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Anthony Pearse

Anthony Pearse Swim for Hope 2015

Anthony Pearse is a local Cape Town boy who lives for water sports – Surf skiing, water polo, surf lifesaving and water skiing. He has completed five PE – East London Surfski Challenges.

This modest open water swimmer will also be taking part in his third Swim for Hope, and is the current Cape Point male record holder. Anthony absolutely blasted around Cape Point with Swim for Hope 2014, clocking an incredible time of 1h41! It is an absolute pleasure to watch this man swim.

Anthony Pearse OWNED  the Swim for Hope 2015! He came in at 1H46, basically equalling the record he set @ Swim for Hope 2014 even though Swim for Hope 2015 was undertaken under much tougher conditions that the 2014 swim.

Please join us in welcoming Anthony Pearse to this year’s Swim for Hope Team!


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Martin Vleggaar

Surfer, cold water swimmer, lifeguard and retired helicopter rescue swimmer – Martin Vleggaar’s life is based around the ocean. His first Swim for Hope in 2014 was his “rehab swim”, following two operations in 2013 which have forced him to put long swims on ice for over a year.

Martin, who co-owns a Spar in the northern suburbs of CT, spends his free time with his family – wife and two young kids.

Martin will be doing his third Swim for Hope this year, so is no stranger to Cape Point and is always most helpful on the day.

Please join us in welcoming Martin Vleggaar to this year’s Swim for Hope Team!




Swim for Hope is classified by the Cape Long Distance Association (CLDSA) as an “Expert Level swim” and is recommended for experienced open water swimmers only. CLDSA officiates over the swim.

The swim is undertaken according to CLDSA’s rules:

  • Swimmers shall not be assisted by an artificial aid of any kind
  • Swimmers are permitted to grease themselves
  • Participants may wear goggles and one cap
  • Participants may wear one swimming costume which is Lycra (or other approved) Speedo type briefs for men and a Lycra (or other approved) Speedo type costume
  • Swimmers may not wear wetsuits or body suits
  • Participants must start and finish on land
  • No physical contact with the swimmer shall be made by any person during the swim, and the swimmer may not touch the boat
  • The minimum age for an official CLDSA swim is 12 years old on the day of the swim. Parental/Guardian approval is required for all swimmers under the age of 18 years on the day of the swim. (No minors will be considered for Swim for Hope)
  • The decision of the CLDSA Observer shall be binding


ALL funds raised will go to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s


Hope in a BagA BAG OF HOPE provides essentials for both the Child with Cancer and his/her mother or bedside care-giver, with items such as toiletries, pyjamas, non-perishable food, educational toys, blankets and sanitary products, making a challenging and prolonged hospital stay, just a bit more comfortable.

LFCT is operational in 11 main paediatric oncology treatment centres throughout South Africa, including the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Free State.

The Little Fighters Cancer Trust supports Children with Cancer and their Families.

In cases where there is no family support structure, such as in oncology wards in Children’s Homes and Places of Safety, we are often the only line of support which these young Cancer Fighters have.

Our approach to support is holistic – we do not just look at practical and financial support, but also concentrate hugely on emotional support, providing relief where needed in and out of hospital.

Join BigBayEvents and Swim for Hope in an epic 8km Cape Point Extreme Open Water Swim to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, to enable us to offer even more Support to Children with Cancer and their Families.

Swim for Hope 2016 will go on standby on March 12th, and Big Bay Events will make the final, 24 hour call on safe swimming conditions for the very first day possible after March 12th.



You can make donations to the Swim for Hope effort by donating directly via any of the following methods.


Banking Details

goldribbonACCOUNT NAME: Little Fighters Cancer Organization
BANK: First National Bank
BRANCH: Paarl Mall
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62277783249


Please email your proof of payment and personal message to lfct@littlefighters.org.za and if needed, request your Section 18A ta benefit and B-BEEE score documentation.

Please mark all EFT donations with “Swim for Hope”





Corporates as well as members of the public are encouraged to sponsor and donate, via “BackaBuddy”.

Corporate sponsors can contact Little Fighters Cancer Trust directly on 073 729 6155 or mandie@littlefighters.org.za for organisational information such as taxation and BEE benefits, as the organisation is a registered NPO with PBO status.


PLEASE HONOUR OUR AMAZINGLY BRAVE SWIMMERS BY SUPPORTING SWIM FOR HOPE! Each donation is worth gold. Feel free to include a special message to your swimmer(s) and/or LFCT.



We have already received great feedback from swimmers as well as the media, and due to the nature of a Cape Point swim, we have limited #SwimForHope2016 entries available, so get your entry in early!

Please email  info@swimforhope for an application form and be a part of the greatest extreme swim along the South Africa coast, and and arguably, the World, and make a difference in the lives of Children who Fight Cancer!

We have an AWESOME Team on board this year: BigBayEvents, Comply360, NCC Environmental Services, TYR South Africa



Payment to be done only once swimmer’s applications has been approved by Event Management.

Once your application has been confirmed by email, feel free to contact:

Derrick Frazer (derrick@bigbayevents.co.za) for swim related queries or

Mandie Erasmus (info@swimforhope.co.za ) should you have any questions pertaining to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust or your tax benefits concerning your entry fee.



About LFCT

CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit Childhood Cancer support organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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