Entries now open for swimming challenge
“In 2008 we had around 40 participants. The entries rose to 130 swimmers in 2012 therefore, we expect similar numbers or even more this year,” said Yvonne Brinkmann of Otb Sports. According to Brinkmann, the first 80 entries will receive a free Salomon Event t-shirt each.
The different age categories include Under 14, 14 to 30 and 31 and older. There are two races, the 700m and 2.1 km. Entries for either races cost N$100 per individual. Prizes worth N$14000 are up for grabs in this year’s competition with the first female and male winners in the 2.1 km races each receiving N$500 in Otb vouchers as well as prizes from Speedo.
The great setting offered by Lake Oanob Resort is an excellent choice for open water swimming and according to Brinkmann, “the resort is a great venue because it offers a lot that normal gala swimming competitions don’t.” He further stated, “There is a restaurant and pool not just for swimmers but their family and friends. People often make a day outing at this event,”
The Point break Open Water Challenge requires different strategies especially being able to navigate in open water. Brinkmann offered a few navigation tips for those entering the competition. “In pool swimming you breath to the side but in open water swimming you need to practice looking ahead every few strokes. Keep your strokes fluid. Only look up when necessary as looking up slows you down and tires you more. Continue to swim until your hand can comfortably touch the sand beneath you,” Brinkmann advised.