Dieckmann set to swim for MS at 2019 Sanlam Cape Mile

Submitted by Rolina Vorster on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:07

Photo: Claudia Dieckmann during a training swim. Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg.

Claudia Dieckmann will once again spearhead a group of swimmers that will take on the Western Cape’s premier open water swim, the 5th annual Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments at the majestic Eikenhof Dam (Elgin-Grabouw Country Club) on Sunday, 17 February 2019 in support of Multiple Sclerosis South Africa (MSSA).  

A keen swimmer, Dieckmann was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2011 at the age of 31.  MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.

The Sanlam Cape Mile is such a well-run event,” says Dieckmann.  “In 2018 we had close to 30 people swimming as part of Team Swim4MS.  We felt very welcome and the vibe created in the festival village was electrifying. The event definitely exceeded our expectations and was a great fundraising effort with close to R70 000 being raised for the cause.  Fundraising is always a goal, as having a chronic and potentially disabling condition like MS is financially stressful.  Other than this, we hope to increase the awareness of MS at the 2019 event.”

“I want people to realize that the MS they may have witnessed in the past is not the same as MS today,” continues Dieckmann.  “MS is not a death sentence.   With advancements in research and medication it is possible to live a fulfilling life.  You just have to manage your symptoms.  Management includes a variety of activities such as medication, a change in lifestyle and having a great Neurologist with whom you can discuss any concerns and possible treatment plans.  Exercise is essential as it keeps the muscles moving, not to mention its psychological benefits.   I am a huge advocate of the benefits of swimming for MS. The cool, weightless environment is ideal.  That is why the Sanlam Cape Mile is the perfect event for our cause.  We are really looking forward to taking part in 2019 and would love to have more swimmers Swim4MS on the day.”

If you’d like to Swim4MS at the 2019 Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments please email Claudia Dieckmann via claudiadieckmann@gmail.com  Swimmers wanting to donate towards the cause can do so via https://www.givengain.com/ap/swim4ms2019/


Sanlam Cape Mile by Tobias Ginsberg
Photo: Swimmers making their way to the finish line at the 2018 annual Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments. Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg.


EVENT INFORMATIONSanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments

The 2019 Sanlam Cape Mile boasts two exciting distances:  a 1 mile (1.6km) and a refreshing 500m swim. Categories that can be entered include:  a 1 mile, 5x 1 mile Charity Swim, 500m and 500m team relay (x4 member team).


Sunday, 17 February 2019


Eikenhof Dam (Elgin-Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape)


1 mile / 5x 1 mile / 500m individual / 500m team relay (4 members per team)

Categories & Entry Fees:

1x mile / R200.00

5x mile / R600.00

500m / R100.00

500m team relay (4 member team) / R400.00 (R100.00 per swimmer)

Start Times:

08:30 – 1 mile

Male and Female U/13
Male & Female 51-60years
Male & Female 60+ years

5x 1 mile – Charity Mile Swim


09:15 - 1 mile

Male & Female 41-50 years

5x 1 mile – Charity Mile Swim


10:00 - 1 mile

Male & Female 31-40years

5x 1 mile – Charity Mile Swim


10:45 - 1 mile

Male & Female: Elite

5x 1 mile – Charity Mile Swim


11:30 - 1 mile

Male & Female 14-30 years

5x 1 mile – Charity Mile Swim


12:15 - 500m

Male & Female:  U/13

Male & Female:  Open


12:45 500m:

Parents and Children


13:25 - 4 x 500m Team Relay


The first 2 000 swimmers (entered and paid) will receive a technical event t-shirt, while all swimmers will receive a branded swimming mesh bag.


Twitter:  @CapeMile

Facebook:   Cape Mile

Instagram:  @cape_mile


For more information or to enter the Sanlam Cape Mile please visit www.stillwatersports.com, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email entries@stillwatersports.com

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