Results for the Four Elements Ocean Challenge 2016 

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The inaugural Four Elements Ocean Challenge 2014 took place in perfect conditions along Durban’s iconic beachfront on Saturday, May 3, and saw 16 tough competitors conquer the 7 kilometres swim from Blue Lagoon to the harbour’s northern wall.

Julian Taylor, chairman of the Durban Surf Lifesaving Club – and former Midmar Mile winner – took first place on the day, although the event was not focused on who finished where, but about creating awareness for next month’s World Oceans Day.

"Swimmers said they felt connected to the ocean, which was the objective of the event," said race organiser and founder of the Four Elements Conservation organisation, Olivia Taylor.

"We wanted to raise as much awareness as possible about World Oceans Day which takes places on June 8."

Sixteen swimmers took part in the event in total, each of whom were supported by a safety paddler in case of an emergency.

"The swimmers were treated to 15 metre visibility, warm water, pods of dolphins, and shoals of fish. Carina Bruwer, one of the competitors and seasoned open water swimmer, described the Four Elements Ocean Challenge as ‘the most beautiful long distance swim ever’," said Taylor

Other noteworthy participants in the race included professional swimmer and coach Glen Gore, SA junior swimming champion, Ayanda Maphumulo, and Triple Crown open water swimmer, Roger Finch.

"Overall, the inaugural Challenge was a wonderful success, with the passionate swimmers very excited about the prospect of this becoming an annual event, while Durban beachfront was regarded by the out-of-town swimmers as world-class," Taylor revealed. 

The day’s events were all captured on camera, and will be turned into a short film that will be released as part of World Oceans Day celebrations.

 "Our objective is to support, communicate and promote environmental activities, including the protection and preservation of endangered, threatened or suffering creatures," Taylor added.

"Thanks to the sponsors: Grindrod, FMI, Nando’s, and everyone who was involved in making the day a success."

Below is the list of all of the swimmers who took part:

NAME                            BUSINESS                                                                                                     SWIMMING ACHIEVEMENTS

Rob Rusconi:                 Ex-CEO, Lombard Life, MD, Tres Actuarial                                                   SA 10km Swim Champs 2013, Robben Island
Wilma van Niekerk:        Sports Coach, Durban Girls’ College                                                            Springbok triathlete, world masters swim champ
John McCarthy:             Founder/ Editor The BOMB Surf                                                                   First swimmer from Aliwal Shoal to Clansthal (5km solo)
Julian Taylor:                 Chairman, Durban Surf Lifesaving Club                                                        Midmar Mile winner, swam Toti –Umkomaas (20km solo)
Mark Taylor:                   Vice Chairman, Paragon Entertainment                                                       Winner, 50yrs+, 2011 Bosphorous Race, Istanbul (6.5km)
Roger Finch:                  Open water swimming coach                                                                        1st SA swimmer to do Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
Ayanda Maphumulo:      Scholar , Durban Girls’ College                                                                    SA representative, African Junior Championships 2013
Carina Bruwer:               Leader, instrumental pop group Sterling EQ                                                English Channel, Cape Point (8km), RobbenIsland x9, Gibraltar
Terry Bantock:               CEO, Buildmax                                                                                             Midmar Mile medallist, SA Masters swim champion
Otto Thaning:                 Heart surgeon                                                                                              English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Robben Island
Sarah Ferguson:            Physiotherapist, Pilates Instructor, Coach                                                   Finalist Singapore World Cup 2009, National Swimmer
Jill Hanass-Hancock      PhD, Senior researcher, UND                                                                      South African colours - Masters swimming        
Heather Campbell         Swimming coach, Founder Dolphin Mile Swim Series                                 World title holder in Masters swimming
Jed Borrill                      MD at Scatec Solar SA                                                                                 Provincial swimmer                                                                           
Glen Gore                      Co -owner, Triathlon Plus SA Magazine, Pro Athlete & Coach                    SA and African Triathlon champion                              
Lwazi Deyi                     Sales and Marketing Manager, Balloon and  Printing                                  Masters swimmer and national medallist

If you are interested in donating towards this exciting initiative contact us to find out about the benefits!

In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that 8 June would be designated as World Oceans Day. “The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.”

Since 2008 World Oceans Dayhas been coordinated internationally by The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network with greater success and global participation each year. World Oceans Day is an opportunity every year to honour and celebrate the world's oceans.

The Four Elements Ocean Challenge will be registered with the Ocean Project as an official World Oceans Day event.

Below, a swim report by Mark Taylor, Director of Four Elements Conservation NPC.