Our Ambassador Star: Cecilia Schutte and Development Through Sport are working together to create future STARS through our development projects. We are very excited on having Cecilia on board with us!
Cecilia Schutte, a Capetonian, is a recognized extreme swimmer. She became the first SA woman to have swum an Ice Mile and the first woman to become part of the International Ice Swimming Association. She was more recently known for her record breaking swim, where she became the 1st person to swim from Big Bay around Robben Island and back. A marathon swim of about 23kms. This hardy young woman had to swim through strong currents, heavy swells and scours of bluebottles. This swim was in aid of a young girl suffering of cancer.
She has been on TV, many radio programs, magazines and newspapers for all her endeavours and work she does in the community.
She will literary cross the length and breadth of the ocean to help those in need.
“I have dedicated every action in my life and all my swimming endeavour’s to raising funds for socio-development projects and improving conditions especially those of our youth on a world-wide scale. I see it my duty to use my talent for the better.”
In most of the projects she gets involved with, she includes an Anti-Drug program and a Human Rights program. She believes that education is the foundation for all improvement. Based on the principle ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’
“My mission is to inspire people to shrug off their fear of conquering the elements and to push the boundaries of the body’s capacity to
endure. I achieve this with my mind-set, which is based on the premise that your control over your mind manifests itself in your control over the physical aspects of life, and I want to inspire people to throw off the bondages of fear and limits, and push themselves to new limits every day. I believe we all have a bit of superhuman in us, and that if we reach deep within and draw on our courage and conquer our thoughts, we can surmount anything.”
”I had always wanted to make a difference in life and improve the environment and my country, and when open water swimming came on the map during the Olympics in 2008, I knew this sport was for me and a way to change things around me for the better. I had toyed with the idea, and had many considerations on actually forging my way forward, esp. as I already had such a busy schedule and my age and fitness, compared to the present successful swimmers was definitely not on par. I also came across sceptics, not seeing swimming as a proper sport or area you could eventually make a living from, but more as a waste of time and something to do in your free time. This mentality being part of why swimming in SA has not grown to the sport it should be esp. with all the talent we do have in this country.
The challenge is not my competitors, but myself. The question is can I overcome my own obstacles I create and also overcome and persist through any barriers life might throw in my path in achieving this goal? I believe I can. So the Challenge is on!”
You can find out more about her on her FB: https://www.facebook.com/info.ceciliaschutte , as her website is currently being updated. (website: CeciliaSchutte.com)