I am a 25 year old South African and have just completed my Masters in Classics. I have always loved to swim, though more for pleasure than competitively. I jumped at the chance to take swimming lessons before I started school and have loved it ever since. I took part in galas at school level and my first national open water swim at the age of 12 years old. I recently swam the Midmar Mile, the world's largest open water swim, in February 2017.
Carey post-training session in the South African sun
Living in South Africa with its warm climate has allowed me to enjoy swimming recreationally from a very young age and I’m ready for the challenge of swimming across Lake Geneva. I became involved in Swim for West Papua when Joel was inspired to do something for West Papua and set up the initiative in cooperation with the Free West Papua campaign. I am excited to be involved in the Swim and raise my voice for the people of West Papua. My hope in being a part of this initiative is that we, as a team, will catch the attention of the world and direct it to the human rights abuses and genocide happening in West Papua and in turn help to bring freedom to an oppressed nation.
I firmly believe that we have a responsibility to everyone worldwide, to help and support each other in any way possible. The more I see and hear of the atrocities happening in West Papua, the more passionate I become about our swim. I hope it just the beginning of a big change in West Papua.
If you want to help make that change happen - sign the petition.
Add your name, #BackTheSwim and help #LetWestPapuaVote.
Carey before the Midmar Mile - "Lake Geneva August 2017. Swim For West Papua. @BackTheSwim"