Consol Breath World Ocean Day Swim Media Release
: Dave Macleod
Gwala out to support World Oceans Day Swim
Durban - One of South Africa's premier paratriathletes Mhlengi
Gwala has confirmed that he'll be on the start line for the
Consol Breathe World Oceans Day Swim on 4 June at Vetch's Beach.
Gwala had his right leg amputated at the knee following a
horrific attack in 2018 while he was breaking onto the
able-bodied triathlon scene; but despite the amputation he is
still as determined as ever to continue to follow his dream.
As a Durban-based star who has spent a lot of time swimming in
the waters off the coast of Durban, he is looking forward to
taking part in the World Oceans Day Swim.
"I love swimming in the ocean and I find it so much easier than
swimming in a pool," Gwala said.
"To have races in our ocean makes training a lot more fun for me
and I am going to be swimming in the 1.6km race because that's
the right distance for me.
"Having a chance to train in racing conditions is fantastic and
to support a good cause at the same time makes the event that
The Asics/Roc Nation athlete is currently in preparation for the
Paratriathlon World Championships in Abu Dhabi in November as
well as the African Championships in September so any action he
can get at the moment will be positive.
"I am battling to get my visa to travel to Spain for the next leg
of the series so I am just training as hard as I can.
"I've started working with Graham Hill so I am swimming five days
a week between 3km and 3.7km per day which has been going well.
"I am hoping that I can race internationally at some stage this
year before the World Championships," Gwala added.
Having such good swimming conditions in his own back yard is a
bonus for Gwala as he continues to improve his first discipline
of the triathlon.
"The water is always warm and the conditions are always so good
in winter so you can still do a lot of swimming training in the
"I always like it that you can swim from the harbour to the river
mouth and not have to worry about what's under the water," he
The Consol Breathe World Oceans Day Swim takes place on 4 June
and entries are open and available at breatheconservation.org.
More information is available at
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national paratriathlon champion Mhlengi Gwala will use the Consol
Breathe World Oceans Day Swim as part of his training as he
prepares for some big international events later in the year.
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