The weekend of February 9th and 10th saw a break from sport at Jeppe, with two exceptions – the rowers were obliged to go to Roodeplaat because it was the 60th anniversary celebration of our friends, Parktown Boys’ High; and a group of swimmers went to swim the Midmar Mile. They had been training for it, and it’s a date that can’t be changed.
So, a group of 17 boys and three teachers made the trip to Howick last Friday, spent two nights down there and swam the mile twice. Except for Branden Willows, who crossed the dam eight times to collect funds for the Choc Foundation for the second year in a row.
“It was a great experience,” said Matt du Preez, our deputy head boy who went along and swam his first Midmar Mile. “I’m sure everyone who was there would agree that we had a lot of fun, and that it was way better than having the weekend off.”
They travelled down by bus, stayed in chalets, braaied their meals, swam the race as a team on Saturday and as individuals on Sunday and even managed to take a look at the famous Howick Falls before making the trip back on Sunday.
“My time was 28 minutes, which was pretty good I thought,” Matthew said. “Our coach, Mr Edwards did it in 20, though, which was excellent. We didn’t finish among the top schools in the team competition, but that’s not why were there. It was all about spirit building and brotherhood and we definitely achieved that.”
Branden Willows, who has national colours for lifesaving and provincial colours for open water swimming, swam the mile four times on Saturday and four on Sunday, with sponsors donating to his chosen charity, Choc, on his behalf.