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The goal of Masters Swimming is to "promote fitness, friendship, understanding and competition" between swimmers. If you are over the age of 25 you can become a Masters Swimmer. It is not uncommon for Masters Swimmers to be in their eighties and nineties - and still to be going strong. You don´t have to be a former champ - men and woman compete in the same races and former champions compete with rank beginners!
CTMSC as a club has embarked on a sponsorship programme for the rehabilitation of African (Jackass) Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) at the SANCCOB Sea bird Conservatory at Table View, Cape Town, where we are advised some 57% of these endangered African penguin colonies are found in the Western Cape and West Coast of South Africa and Namibia.
This penguin species is in decline. Where an estimated 4 000 000 penguins existed at the beginning of the 19th Century, two hundred years later there are an estimated 26 000 breeding pairs remaining, with the figures suggesting without some serious intervention this species will be completely extinct by 2030.
Apart from its enviable swimming prowess – the geographical range of the African (Jackass) Penguin has earned it a place of honour as CTMSC mascot.
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