The sport of swimming continues to make a big splash in South Africa, as one of the World’s most decorated swimmers, Chad Le Clos announced the launch of his Foundation this week. The Chad Le Clos Foundation, which is partnering with the aQuellé Midmar Mile, the World’s biggest open water swimming event, seeks to raise funds to advance the development of swimming within South Africa.
Le Clos has his sights set on further Olympic glory in Tokyo 2020 with four Olympic medals in his trophy cabinet already. After becoming the most successful Commonwealth Games swimmer of all time in 2018, with 17 Games medals to his name, Le Clos is looking to build a future around his global success which benefits others and the sport in general.
Le Clos commented, “I am extremely excited to announce the launch of my Foundation with the aQuellé Midmar Mile as both have such a major role to play in our sport.” The Foundation aims to advance the development, participation and performance of all South Africans within the sport of swimming.
Julian Taylor, CEO of the Foundation, and former category winner at the aQuellé Midmar Mile, endorsed Le Clos’ suitability for the project. “His passion is swimming but specifically what the sport can do for young kids. He is a role model and hands-on inspiration, and now he is raising funds to ensure that he keeps the kids swimming.”
Le Clos added his thanks to aQuellé Midmar Mile Race Director Wayne Riddin, who has been instrumental in building the race into a global success story. “Partnering with the aQuellé Midmar Mile is fantastic for the Foundation,” noted Le Clos. “We thank Wayne sincerely for the opportunity.”
More details on the Foundation, fund raising opportunities and their programmes will be released in the buildup to the aQuelle Midmar Mile, which will be held on 9 and 10 February 2019. Entries are open and filling up fast and will be closed when the event caps are reached.