Phoenix Open Water Swimming Club excited to be part of the 2019 Sanlam Cape Mile Experience

Seen here (far right):  Joyce Blows together with members of the Phoenix Open Water Swimming Club at the 2017 Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments. 

Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

The Phoenix Open Water Swimming Club (POWS) is aiming to have their largest number of entries yet at an open water swim when they take on the Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments at the majestic Eikenhof Dam (Elgin Grabouw) on Sunday, 17 February 2019.

The Phoenix Open Water Swimming Club was established in October 2009 in honor of Eriche Harley and his contribution towards the upliftment of the less fortunate children in and around Ravensmead, Elsies River and Cravenby.

“Eriche Harley dedicated his life to teaching, with an emphasis on swimming and water safety,” says Joyce Blows, Phoenix Open Water Swimming Club.  “The goal of POWS is to broaden the public’s knowledge on water safety when attending beaches, rivers, and dams.  We introduce communities to open water swimming and strive to continue building a strong, supportive network that encourages youth and members to flourish in and out of the water, in so doing empowering members with the skill to swim.  Currently we are teaching +- 40 learners between the ages of 6 – 18.”

“The Sanlam Cape Mile has opened the door of opportunity to our children to work towards a goal of one day competing in this prestigious event,” continues Blows.  “POWS has participated in the Sanlam Cape Mile since 2014 with our entry numbers growing each year.  In 2017 we won the prize for the club with the most entries.  It is a world class event that exposes our swimmers to the sport of open water swimming in a safe, fun and controlled environment.  The feedback received from our swimmers after the 2018 event was overwhelming.    They thoroughly enjoyed the day and were truly inspired by the elite athletes.  We look forward to being part of the 2019 event.”

The Phoenix Open Water Swimming Club welcomes any type of support or donations.  To show support email Joyce Blows via 

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).

Date: Sunday, 17 February 2019
Venue:  Eikenhof Dam (Elgin-Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape)
Events: 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

  09:151 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 page:  Cape Mile

Instagram:  @cape_mile

For more information or to enter the Sanlam Cape Mile please visit, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email 


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