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Special guests to celebrate World Oceans Day

Hanli Prinsloo, eleven times South African free diving record holder is the special guest tomorrow night (Friday 8 June) at Port St Francis in celebration of World Oceans Day.  She will be accompanied by Peter Marshall, an American world champion swimmer and you all are invited!

Hanli is in 6312 to present a two day course in free style diving.  However, as founder of the I Am Water Trust and Trust Ambassador of the Sustainable Seas Trust, Hanli agreed to be the celebrity speaker of the Port St Francis World Oceans Day Celebrations at Dock’s tomorrow night (see details at bottom of article).

Hanli has thirteen years experience of competitive freediving, but is also filmmaker and avid ocean adventurer.  Her filmmaking work has taken her into the front-lines of social political conflict all over Africa, from Burundi to Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and more.

Hanli is a strong believer in the greatness of the human spirit under the toughest of circumstances, having seen beauty and hope flourish where least expected.  This has inspired her to leave the camera behind and focus all her energy on ocean conservation through human experience.

Using freediving as a tool, Hanli has trained an array of top athletes from rugby players to swimmers and surfers – working with mental toughness, mind over body control and consciousness.  Her work with the world’s top big wave surfers has won her international recognition and acclaim. Believing in the power of storytelling and inspiration, Hanli shares her experiences through motivational speaking, guest appearances and corporate team building.

Hanli founded the I Am Water Trust in 2010 together with passionate ocean lovers who believe that mankind and nature cannot survive without each other.

South Africa has one of the most spectacular and diverse coastlines in the world, yet very few South Africans have access to this magnificent aquatic wilderness. The Trust is committed to sharing total ocean submersion with as many of our countrymen and women as they can.

To hear, read or see a picture of the beauty and devastation of the ocean environment can never replace the personal transformation of putting on a mask and fins, taking one breath and experiencing the salty majesty of the ocean, the strength of the currents, the playfulness of a dolphin or the curiosity of a seal.

“As all humans are over 90% water, we believe that we are drawn together by the aquatic within us. We are all water, and we all share the opportunity and challenge to protect our last wilderness beneath the waves,” Hanli says.  The I Am Water Trust aims to do this through education and awareness. “We endeavor to spread the love and protection of the oceans through introducing South Africans to the ocean environment, while we work untiringly to raise awareness around important conservation issues.”

Hanli will be the guest of honour and celebrity speaker at the World Oceans Day celebrations at Port St Francis on Friday night organised by Port St Francis, GypSEA Marine Eco Tours and the Sustainable Seas Trust.  The event starts at 18:30 for 19:00.  Executive Chef Dewald Hurter from Chez Patrick will prepare a “potjie” and a cash bar will be available.  Food tickets are R50 per person, or hotdogs at R10 for the kids.  All are welcome to attend this open meeting.

Please RSVP with Esti on esti.stewart@vodamail.co.za or Jo on joblakewaybrown@gmail.com if you would like to stay for dinner.

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