Toni’s mantra “Live Life Now” should include…” to the extreme”.
An extreme athlete, Toni has accomplished some of the world’s most mind-boggling ocean swims and is constantly setting his sights on world-record achievements – simultaneously raising funds or awareness for good causes.
Toni is one of only a handful of South Africans to be taking on the mammoth Oceans Seven – seven of the world’s most grueling ocean swims: the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel (completed), the English Channel (completed), the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar (completed). He swims in a Speedo, cap and goggles only, and has a staggering 30 Robben Island crossings under his belt – one of South Africa’s toughest ocean swims across a volatile channel alive with ocean life and characterised by an average water temperature of 13C.
Toni is also an accomplished ice swimmer, having completed a mile in sub 5°C in the South African Ice Swimming Championships.
Open water swimming has taught me that it does not matter how young or old you are, whatever you put your mind to, you can achieve – if you want it badly enough!
Toni swam a 15km Double Robben Island as well as a route around Cape Point to raise funds for children with terminal cancer for the Natalie: Circle of Love Foundation.
Toni’s challenging 18km swim from Spain to Africa raised funds for The Waves of Change Programme which helps teach disadvantaged children to swim.
Toni braved over 20 hours in shark infested waters, consistent jellyfish stings and fought a punishing rip tide to cover a 58km swim. Through donations, he raised funds for the National Sea Rescue Institute’s water safety programme to help prevent drownings.