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InZANE Rottnest Channel Swim - Swimming For Clubfoot Children in Zimbabwe

InZANE Rottnest Channel Swim – Swimming For Clubfoot Children in Zimbabwe

Four young Zimbabweans make the latest group to take up the InZANE challenge and have volunteered to join the Rottnest Channel Swim on 23 February. The gruelling swim starts at sunrise on Cottesloe Beach outside Perth and finishes 19.7km later on Rottnest Island – sharks permitting!

Mistral Watson, Cathy Millar, Brendon Lear and James Dodd comprise the team and have been training over a long period – last year they were 11km into the swim when it had to be called off due to a shark sighting!

Mistral was born and brought up in Zimbabwe, leaving at the age of 19 to pursue her studies in Perth. Having grown up in a “competitive family” (her words!) she is hoping to beat her two brothers’ times for the swim – each has done it before!

Cathy grew up on a farm in Trelawney, Zimbabwe and now lives in Perth – she enjoys challenging herself and is determined to complete this year’s swim.

James grew up in Ruwa outside Harare and moved to Perth at the age of 10. He has done apprenticeships in boiler-making and welding and now works on the mines. He writes: “I have signed up for the swim for a bit of a challenge and because it is great to raise money for an awesome Zim charity.”

Brendon was born in Zimbabwe and went to St John’s College where his favourite sports were Waterpolo and Swimming. He represented Zimbabwe for waterpolo at a school boy level from 2005-2008. In 2009 he moved to Perth to start university. He tells us: “this will be my third attempt at the Rottnest Channel swim after a successful team crossing in 2011. Last year our team were stopped at the halfway point due to a sighting of a great white shark. Naturally the team were keen to have another go this year. After hearing about ZANE, we thought it would be a great opportunity to swim for the cause.

The group is well motivated to complete the swim, having been denied the opportunity last year. This year, having heard from friends about ZANE’s charitable operations in Zimbabwe, they have decided to dedicate the swim to ZANE and raise what money they can to help with the ongoing work there, especially in the crisis that now persists in the country.

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As a team of 4 Zimbabweans we have decided to swim 19.7km to rottnest island on the 23rd of February as part of the annual Rottnest channel swim.

We have chosen ZANE as our inspiration for our swim. ZANE – Zimbabwe A National Emergency is a charity that raises money for various organisations in Zimbabwe.

Within ZANE we have decided to donate all money raised to helping children in the clubfoot programme, providing hearing aids for deaf child as well as education initiatives.We thank you in advance for supporting us – Cathy, Jimmy, Brendon & Mistral