Para swimmer Williams set to swim Midmar Mile for CHOC
Durban - Gutsy para-swimmer David Williams will don the colours of The Cows
as he sets out to swim the aQuellé Midmar Mile on Saturday 12 February to
raise funds for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Association of South Africa.
Born without legs, the 34-year-old Durban North resident has already done the Mile four
times, but now wants to channel his energy into the charity element of the
world’s biggest open water swim.
“I recently started open water swimming in the ocean on Friday mornings. I
enjoyed it so much that I thought….why not do the Midmar Mile again. Then I
thought, why not do Midmar to raise money for a cause,” said Williams.
“I have had friends and family affected by cancer, so I wanted to do the
swim for CHOC,” he added. “I thought it would be a mission to become a part
of the team and raise funds, but it was probably the easiest, smoothest
thing I have ever been through.
“I am definitely still rusty with swimming, but I am super excited to be a
part of The Cows team ,” said Williams.
After struggling to take part in able-bodied sports as a scholar, Williams
was introduced to adaptive sports through swimming, and immediately made his
mark, setting six national records, before turning his attention to adaptive
His friend Tracy McKay, who has introduced him to adaptive sport, then paved
the way for Williams to try adaptive surfing in 2021, and he won the KZN and SA
titles in his first year.
“I was selected for the SA team to surf in ISA Worlds in California in
December 2021, but unfortunately due to the banning of SA flights from the new
strand of Covid, we were unable to make it to the US to take part in the
competition,” explains Williams.
Setting his sights on the aQuellé Midmar Mile allows Williams to continue to pursue his
competitive goals, while at the same time enabling him to realise a wish to contribute to CHOC
through the popular 'herd' of The Cows at the Midmar Mile, which will top 100 swimmers
“I have always been extremely competitive and love to try tough things, or
push my body and mind to the limits! So I’m always looking for the next
thing to do!
“When I do any sport or extreme distances or events I would like to always
do it for a cause going forward, so I am definitely up for the challenge of
swimming for The Cows and CHOC,” said Williams.
Supporters can contribute to his GivenGain account at
More information about The Cows can be found at
David Williams can be reached on 071 259 5886.
About The Cows
The Cows were started in 2008 by a group of eight enthusiastic cyclists
keen to make a difference and raise funds for the CHOC Childhood Cancer
Foundation of South Africa. Cordi van Niekerk was
one of the founder members and joined Kerrin and Grant Bain in cycling the
947 Cycle Challenge in memory of their daughter, Jessica, who had
recently died from cancer at just 20 months old.
As CHOC had played a
significant role in the Bain family's life in the last few weeks of
Jessica’s life, specifically with palliative care and emotional support, the
decision was to make CHOC the beneficiary of their quest. They decided to
don cow suits and succeeded in raising R230 000.
In 2009, the herd gained momentum and grew to 140 energetic
cows. Just two years later the herd numbered a staggering 350 cows all
riding for a purpose. Armed with the ‘Love Living Life’ slogan and a healthy
dose of enthusiasm, the herd has enjoyed much success and acclaim.
Ten later, hundreds of people have participated in events wearing
cow suits. The Cows have raised well over R30 million for specific projects implemented by CHOC and The Cows brand is
prominent in many sporting events in South Africa. With these funds, CHOC is
able to make a difference to the children being treated for cancer
throughout South Africa.
One herd; one quest: to make a difference to children with cancer. Love
More information can be found at
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David Williams (right) gets his Choc swimming costume and cap from Durbs
Daisy. Williams, who was born without legs, will swim the world's biggest
open water swim in The Cows colours to raise money for the CHOC Childhood
Cancer Foundation of South Africa.
David Williams, who was born without legs, will be swimming the Midmar Mile
for The Cows to raise money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.
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