SOUTH AFRICA’S AMBER FILLARY TAKES FREE DIVING TO NEW HEIGHTS

A South African woman is taking her sport to new heights by diving to new depths. Amber Fillary has been awarded national colours for free diving, a little known sport in South Africa.

She will be the country's only representative in Finland in March when she will be swimming under ice.

The sport is not for the faint hearted. The secret is being able to hold one's breath for long periods of time underwater.

In order to reach the depths, Fillary uses a mono fin. She broke three South African records in 2015, and a year later competed at the World Championships in Finland. She has now set herself a new challenge, ice dynamics.

It takes a lot of mental work because it is mad. In Cape Town, I can train in the cold. I am going overseas to swim in a lake that (has water temperature of 2.0 degrees), so I'm practising, says Fillary.

She has dived to depths of 30 metres before. South African waters are too warm and Fillary is only able to train in certain places.

That is why I am going overseas to practise. In Cape Town you can train in cold water. There are a few guys who have done stuff like going to fish factories and sit in the freezers to get used to being in the freezing cold water.

Free diving is not widely supported in South Africa but Fillary says that is no reason to abandon her dreams. A sponsorship freeze has not stopped her either. She funds her own participation in international competitions.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK