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Help us fly high to world champs

Help us fly high to world champs

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Ayrton Sweeney (29), SA Professional Swimmer and Olympic Artistic Swimmer Laura Strugnell (30), joined forces to make history to become South Africa and Africa's first-ever male & female Artistic Mixed Duet.

While using Ayrton's pool for a High-Performance Synchro Clinic, Laura jokingly invited Ayrton to give synchro a go, thinking he would give up after 5 minutes. Clearly, we didn't know Ayrton very well.

After 90 minutes, we had strung together a small routine (see Instagram) and swam this for the parents coming to collect their children at the end of the camp.

Vicky, our coach, and Laura, made a joke that they would try to convince Ayrton to start synchro. Little did we know, Ayrton was already planning his next challenge to become Africa's first male Artistic Swimmer. 8 weeks down the line, after a lot of laughter and "that was good, but now do it again and point your toes" - Tanya (assistant coach) 

We showed the world our Free Routine at SA Nationals in KZN.

"So many emotions came after that swim, but the one I remember the most is that he helped me bring back the fun after an intense training year in 2021' - Laura 

'I don't often cry after a race but this moment after we swam I was filled with joy and to achieve something completely out of my comfort zone' - Ayrton 

3 months down the line, on Friday 6th May, we found out we had officially qualified for the FINA World Champs in Budapest in June 2022.

YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF5MKSUxc7o)

Your support and donations will help us pay for World Champs and cover our financial losses while we are away, as we are both coaches by profession and will not be earning incomes while we attend World Champs.

The breakdown of our costs is:

  1. Training CPT/JHB* Flights
  2. Accommodation
  3.  Visas
  4. Covid Tests
  5. Work incurred losses neither of us are Professional Artistic Swimmers and so everything is self-funded.
  6. Routine costumes 
  7. Physio 

Donations

  • Jun 15, 2022 - USD $ 74.90
  • "Smash it up Ayrton! You deserve this!" - BSM Marlins

  • Jun 02, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Let’s go! " - Captain Claw

  • Jun 02, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Go Make History!" - Lara Jermyn

  • Jun 02, 2022 - USD $ 64.14
  • "Good Luck! " - Mathea Sending

  • May 28, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Let’s gooo" - Jacques

  • May 27, 2022 - R 10 000.00
  • "Go get em guys. " - Mike and Liezel

  • May 27, 2022 - USD $ 127.06
  • "Good Luck!!" - Pete

  • May 25, 2022 - R 2 500.00
  • "All the best!" - Perry

  • May 25, 2022 - R 1 500.00
  • "Well done and good luck!" - Anonymous

  • May 24, 2022 - USD $ 15.83
  • "Enjoy World Champs. You make us proud." - Kait

  • May 20, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "All the best! " - Luca Holtzhausen

  • May 20, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "what you’ve achieved is so inspiring! thank you for proving once again that anything is possible. " - lindsay

  • May 20, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "Enjoy the ride" - R

  • May 20, 2022 - USD $ 63.06
  • "Well done on achieving your dreams and more! We are very proud of you!" - Ryan and Niki

  • May 20, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "So proud that you guys are going all the way to World Champs soon! Go get it! <3<3" - Daniellé

  • May 16, 2022 - USD $ 30.87
  • "Good luck! So proud of you guys" - Amy

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Hi, I am Laura Strugnell, and I am from Western Cape, Cape Town.

Ayrton Sweeney (29), SA Professional Swimmer and Olympic Artistic Swimmer Laura Strugnell(30), joined forces to make history to become South Africa and Africa's first-ever male & female Artistic Mixed Duet.