By ELLIOT MATHYE
South African Olympic gold medallist Roland Schoeman has assured the country that he will be competing in this year’s edition of the aQuelle Midmar Mile held in Midmar Dam in Kwazulu Natal this weekend.
The celebrated swimmer will come out in support of Charlene Wittstock’s fund-raising drive for the Special Olympics by swimming next to the future Princess of Monaco and German star Franzisca van Almsick in the opening event on Saturday, February 12.
Charlene was a member of the South African Women’s 4x100m medley team swimming, which came fifth in the 2000 Sydney Olympics held between September 13 and October 1. She also swims the 200 m breaststroke and 50 m, 100 m and 200 m backstroke. In fact she has held a number of swimming records in South Africa during her professional career.
Although Charlene was born in the city of Bulawayo in Zimbebwe, some sources claim wrongly that she was born in Benoni, South Africa. She actually moved to South Africa with her family when she was 10 years old. Despite being born in Zimbabwe as it is now -Charlene became an Olympic swimmer for South Africa.
Schoeman’s support added to the long list of top class swimmers and celebrities that have converged on the 38th annual event that is certain to break their Guinness Book of Records World record of 13 755 finishers.