Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge

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Every December I have the privilege of taking part in the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge. This once small gathering of swimmers and paddlers has now blossomed into a 2-day event, spanning many disciplines, and having over 3000 participants!

The Sabrina Love Foundation is an amazing charity set up by Suzy and Tony Lubner, that supports kids with special needs here in Plett. This event is one of (and the biggest I think) fundraiser for the charity. the foundation is in memory of their daughter  Sabrina who passed away after succumbing to a rare bone marrow disorder.

The Sabrina Mission statement: “To create a fund, which will continue in perpetuity to assist physically disabled children who require financial assistance either for equipment, medical treatment or professional help. The assistance will create in one form or another a better quality of life for these children and their families!”

You can read more about the Foundation by clicking on the logo above.

Image by Mike Tippett

Image by Mike Tippett

The guys at Magnetic South took this event on a few years back, and their professionalism has turned it into one of the best events on the local calender. On Day 1 of the event, you can take part in a seriously tough Ocean swim from The Wreck to Central beach, roughly 4.5km, a 10km Road Run, the 15km Ocean Paddle, or the Beach Walk.

Day 2 involves a Dam Swim, 25km Mountain Bike ride, 10km Trail Run and the Kids of Steel. This all took place at the beautiful Kurland venue.

I took part in the trail run, and loved every sweaty minute of it!

Image by Jacques Marais

Image by Jacques Marais

Next year will be the 10th running of this event. If you are in Plett, make sure you don’t miss this one!

Sabrina Love Foundation

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The Sabrina Love Foundation is an amazing charity organisation here in Plett that helps children with disabilities. It was started by Tony & Suzie Lubner (read their stry below).

I am fortunate enough to be an ambassador for their feature charity event, The Sabrina Love Challenge, which is a 2-day multisport affair, involving paddling, swimming, trail running, mountain biking and more. 100% of the funds generated by the event go to the charity! It is organised by Magnetic South, one of the best sports event companies I have ever experienced.

Click on the logo below to go to the website to find out more:

“About Us

Our Sabrina Love Foundation was started in 2003 in memory of our daughter Sabrina. She was our darling precious child who was born with a very rare bone disorder, which effected her physical being, but not her wonderful mind. She learnt how to drive her wheelchair, even attending ballet classes all dressed in pink, and participated in all that life had to offer, with nothing but love, patience, bravery, compassion, humility and a zest that few able bodied people have. She was an inspiration to us and everyone who met her and we were the lucky parents blessed to have her share our lives for six years, a month short of her seventh birthday.

“Through the Sabrina Love Foundation we are able to help and hopefully reach so many of these special little people and their families in and around Plettenberg Bay, and teach others what a difference it can make.. and so our Foundation was born…”

The Start of the Paddle Event - Photo by Glen Murray

“Mission statement:

To create a fund, which will continue in perpetuity to assist physically disabled children who require financial assistance either for equipment, medical treatment or professional help. The assistance will create in one form or another a better quality of life for these children and their families!

Paddling this year's event with Neal "Steel" Stevenson (Image by Glen Murray)

The swim event is possibly the toughest of them, being from The Wreck, at the corner of Robberg Beach, all the way to Central Beach (about 5km). Olympians Natalie Du Toit and Chad Ho are always in Plett to support this great event. I have been asking Natalie for ages to paddle doubles with me, I reckon we could go pretty fast! Now I just need to convince her that we have more fun on top of the water!

The finish of the swim - image by Kelvin Trautmann

Pre event party - Image by Mike Tippet

You can find out more about the Foundation by visiting their FACEBOOK page, or by visiting their website:

Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge

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Start @ Central beach

Every year, I have the opportunity to take part in the Sabrina Love Challenge event here in Plett. The Sabrina Love Foundation does some pretty amazing work for children with disabilities, here is the web link www.sabrinalove.co.za The event gets great “celebrity” support, with Olympic swimmers Natalie du Toit and Chad Ho, Dusi Duke Martin Dreyer, Comrades icon Bruce Fordyce and many more taking part.

Plett Central Beach

This year there were over 1500 entries for the swim, mountain bike, surf ski, run and beach walk. Event organisers Magnetic South, as usual put on an unbelievable show, slick and well-run. 100% of entry money goes to the Sabrina Love Foundation, so thanks to all those who took part, and of course, thanks to Stonehage and Discovery for sponsoring it!

Martin, Natalie, Chad & me

Laurent, Jess & me at finish

Finish Line

Neal & Stef