Rio is such a fantastic city -from the second I arrived to the second I left I felt like I was in a movie. The Brazilian people are so friendly and the beaches and the views are simply breathtaking!
On my trip I saw the Cristo Redentor. I watched beautiful sunrises on Copacabana beach, I witnessed a stunning sunset on Ipanema beach.
I also took part in my first ever beach biathlon thanks to to wonderful people that organised the trip Pedro, Patrick & Julia. Thank you!
I wasn’t in Rio just to see the sights, I swam in the Copacabana beach for the ‘King & Queen of the Sea’ challenge. The competition was a relay swim - one boy and one girl. We each did 3X 500 meter laps one at a time, followed by a 50m run up the beach to pass the baton on to our team mate.
What a fun way to swim 3k! The challenge wasn’t just about swimming in the open water but team tactics, catching waves and how good you were at running on soft sand! My team mate was Chad Ho from South Africa. Chad and I learnt how to swim together when I grew up in South Africa so we were both really excited to swim on the same team.
We decided that I was going to go first and Chad second because we thought I had a good chance of sticking with the boys in the first group. We had a great race and it came down to the last 10m swim and beach run where Chad rushed past the Italian swimmer to finish in 2nd place.
So we declared ourselves ‘Prince & Princess of the sea!’