The Brian Curtis Mile - 15 March 2014
Swimming and water is a way of life, not just a sport. The sport has changed many peoples life and has helped many in overcoming life challenges which are thrown at us regularly.
Brian, a Zimbabwean born man, was a keen swimmer as a child. He was one of the top ZIM swimmers at the age of 16. In 1994 Brian joined Cadiz Financial Services as one of the founding directors. His passion and laughter were qualities that no-one could forget. Later on in life he contracted Hepatitis B on holiday with his family in one of the Indian Sea islands. This illness took a serious toll on Brian and his health.
During 1997 we managed to convince Brian to get wet again. Within a year he was chasing Masters SA colours in 50m breaststroke at the age of 40. Brian's contagious energy and love for life showed in everything, including his choice of movies. Toy Story came out and featured a character call "Buzz Lightyear", Brian couldn't resist and painted the back of this helmet with "To infinity and beyond". This one sentence captures his attitude to life.
In November 1998, Brian died in a motor cycle accident, just one month away from achieving his dream for SA colours in swimming. Leaving behind a wife and three wonderful daughters. Following this tragic event Ram together with John Green and Brian's family, decided there is no better way to capture his passion for swimming and life than a mile swim forever, and beyond!
Since the first swim in 1999 we have had great support and participation and have now decided to grow the event to become the biggest open water in-land swimming event in the Western Cape. We are now fully affiliated with the world famous midmar mile and the mile swim acts as a seeding time for the Midmar mile.
Please invite everyone - come and join us for the day.