ABRIELLA Bredell (10) a grade 5 pupil from Victory Christian School in Jeffreys Bay is proving that dynamite definitely comes in small packages, training at Brenton’s Swim School and Liquid Lines since the age of two, Abriella has a passion for swimming and has dedicated her young life to the sport.
“I love swimming because I am a very competitive person and enjoy swimming races against other people and improving my times. I like learning new things, keeping fit and taking care of my body. Swimming does all of the above for me,” said Abriella.
This December, Abriella will take on the legendary Robben Island Channel – one of the toughest open water swims in the world and be the youngest participant in the race’s history to complete the 7.9km swim. Cold water, apex predators, swimming through a busy shipping lane, big swells and wind whipped seas are some of the challenges awaiting the ocean swimmers at this year’s event.
Abriella is in full preparation mode for her swim between Robben Island and Big Bay mainland which is less than four months away. One of the biggest obstacles to overcome is the extreme cold as the water temperature is on average about 13 degrees Celsius.
I train six times a week and love the open water. I have also started to surf in cold water, so think I will be able to swim Robben Island this December – said Abriella
She said her ultimate goal in swimming is to practice hard and to swim the Robben Island Channel with her coach, Brenton Williams.
My favourite stroke is butterfly, but I think my first Robben Island crossing will be freestyle.
What also makes Abriella’s entry unique, is Abriella’s pledge to raise a mammoth R2 million for her favourite charity, The Red Cross Children’s Hospital through crowdfunding on donations-based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy.
This is my first time crowdfunding and I really enjoy it, just knowing that you can save someone’s life is awesome – said Abriella.
Abriella chose the Red Cross as the beneficiary of her swim because as a child herself she is moved by the work they do.
“It is hospital where kids can go and they are helped in the best way that they can be helped, which is why I want to support them. I am very excited and I know that I will finish the swim, but I am most excited for raising money for the Red Cross War Memorial Childrens Hospital,” said Abriella.
“Sporting events create a perfect opportunity for champions such as Abriella to crowdfund for a number of important causes and have become increasingly popular on our platform,” said Zane Groenewald, marketing officer of Backabuddy
Abriella’s crowdfunding campaign has so far raised R 41 614.18 towards her goal of R2 million.
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