Ellis excels for Elkanah

Elkanah House School in Cape Town has an extraordinary athlete in its student cohort.

Zac Ellis is in Grade 6. He completed his first Freedom Day Swim from Robben Island to Big Bay in the Cape Town area on 11 April, in a time of two hours and five minutes. The distance covered in the swim is 7.5 km and the average sea temperature is between 11 and 13 degrees Celcius. Ellis loves open-water swimming and is the current Western Province Open Water champion in his age group. All competitors involved in the Freedom Day Swim are ferried to Robben Island on the Nauticat from the Nelson Mandela Gateway. The swim commences from the island’s harbour wall. Each swimmer is seconded by a motorised boat. Ellis’s boat AquaHolic, skippered by Kobus Sadie, took a direct line from the island to Big Bay as the normally strong northern current was quite docile on the day.

Zac’s very enjoyable swim concluded on the beach at Big Bay, where he was met by school pals and family. After something to eat and a compulsory temperature check-up by the doctor, he was back in the water, surfing and laughing with his friends, who kept on asking “Didn’t you get tired, bro?”

Category: Winter 2015

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