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DA congratulates Yach on 100th Robben Island swim

2016-03-23 13:05
Theodore Yach (Supplied)

Cape Town - The DA in the Western Cape has congratulated Theodore Yach for completing his 100th Robben Island swim, as well as congratulated Caster Semenya who wowed an enthusiastic crowd with an Olympic qualifying time at the Green Point Athletics Stadium on Tuesday night.

DA Western Cape Spokesperson on cultural Affairs and Sport, Ricardo Mackenzie MPP, confirmed he will write to the Yach to request he grace the Western Cape Provincial Parliament together with swimming clubs from various disadvantaged areas in the province where we will provide a platform for the youth to interact and get some advice from the humble veteran marathon swimmer.

Yach took to the water to raise funds for six charities: The Children's Hospital Trust, Paper Video, NSRI Waterwise Project, Wynberg Boys' School's Aquatic Centre, Highlands House and the Herzlia Foundation Trust.  

"It is important to recognise the achievements of Theodore Yach and other sporting heroes like Semenya. They encourage young sporting enthusiast to put their talents to use and make a meaningful contribution in their communities and lives.  We strongly believe that our youth need role models they can aspire to. The late great Nelson Mandela is often quoted as saying, “It (sport) has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.

"We share Mr Mandela’s sentiments and believe that sport in our society means more than just playing a game, but highlights endless possibilities. Possibility to change ones circumstances and the possibility to unite otherwise divided societies. We therefore urge our youth to invest their time in sports and contribute to nation building.

"The DA led Western Cape Government will continue to invest in youth development and nurture the talent the youth of the province has."

Theodore Yach (Supplied)

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