WATCH: Tween becomes youngest to swim from Robben Island to Cape Town

Eleven-year-old Abrielle Bredell successfully completed the 7.5km swim from Robben Island to Big Bay on Friday morning. Video: eNCA
Abriella Bredell. Photo: Facebook picture
Abriella Bredell Photo: Facebook picture

JOHANNESBURG – An 11-year-old Cape Town girl on Friday became the youngest person in the world to swim from Robben Island to Cape Town.

Abriella Bredell from Jeffery’s Bay has been waiting for weeks for the perfect weather to do the swim to raise money for Red Cross Children's hospital.

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She has been swimming since the age of two and practices six times a week.

Abriella finished her swim at Big Bay.


Andrew Chin, Chairperson Cape Long Distance, said the swim was an unofficial swim due to the age of the swimmer.

The rules of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association state that a swimmer must be 12 years old.

"She did an amazing job swimming and raising funds but failed to comply with the rules," said Chin. 

"There have been swimmers in the passed who waited until they were 12 to take on the swim and by recognising Abriella as the youngest does an injustice to those who waited and complied."



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