Cape Town - Four swimming teams, including four legendary South African swimmers, took to the pool at the TUKS Sports Centre in Pretoria on Thursday for a timed relay to show their support for Movember and men’s health issues.
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The TUKS Mo Bro Relay “A-team” consisted of South African swimmers Shaun Harris (Movember Ambassador), Gerhard Zandberg, Giulio Zorzi, and Olympic Gold medallist, Cameron van der Burgh, who train together at TUKS under coach Emile De Bruin. The idea for the relay came out of the team-mate’s support of Harris, a testicular cancer survivor who has been in remission for three years.
“We wanted to come up with a fun way to show our support for those who suffer from testicular and prostate cancer, to raise awareness for Movember and men’s health issues and to show Shaun, who has been swimming with our club for the past few months, that we support him and the recovery he has made from testicular cancer,” says coach, Emile De Bruin.
“We want to challenge all swimming teams – universities, schools, clubs, everyone – as well as individual swimmers around the world to have some fun, sign up for Movember and participate in their own Movember swimming relays before the end of the month.”
Along with the TUKS Mo Bro Relay “A-team”, the other three teams were made up of swimmers from the TUKS Swimming Club who wanted to show their support for Movember.
Movember raises awareness and funds for men’s health issues including prostate and testicular cancer. Putting a fun twist on a serious topic, Movember aims to change the face of men’s health by removing stigmas associated with these diseases, getting men to talk about and take action for their health.
Besides awareness and education campaigns, in South Africa, Movember runs survivorship and research programmes through their Men’s Health Partner, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). These programmes, in their pilot phases, aim to offer men suffering from these diseases the best treatment and support options available.
To show your support for the TUKS Mo Bro Relay, you can sign up and donate to their team on http://moteam.co/tuks-mo-bro-relay.
If you would like to register your swimming team for a Movember relay or read more about Movember, visit the website www.movember.com.
Gerhard Zandberg, Giulio Zorzi, Cameron van der Burgh and Shaun Harris (Tobias Ginsberg)