On Friday the 28th of November 2008 ex-rugby star and now paraplegic Cedric Mkhize dived to 26.4m surrounded by the sharks of Shark Park. Cedric has been freediving for three days! After an unfortunate car accident Cedric was paralysed from the waist down in July of 2007.
Cedric's amazing feat was brought about by the vision of Bryn Roberts of Adventures Inc. . Bryn presented the idea to the S.A. Rugby Legends in an effort to get high level involvement in shark conservation and as the Rugby Legends are already heavily involved in the plight of disabled rugby players (among other causes) the match was perfect.
Cedric underwent his freedive training with inspirational freediving coach and multiple South African freedive record holder Hanli Prinsloo. Cedric showed his class with a four minute static breathhold on day one and a 14m freedive in a quarry on day two. Day three was up to Cedric as Hanli had to attend the Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year awards in Johannesburg. The day was an incredible success with the Rugby Legends headed up by John Allan accompanying Cedric to attempt a 12m freedive with the sharks. Cedric blew us all away with a hand over hand descent to 26.4m.A few anxious moments as one of our returning tiger tribe girls - Snowflake followed him on a few of his build up dives. There were also about 30Blacktips and 10Dusky sharks to see Cedric into the unofficial record books.
Cedric proved that there are no disabilities - just different abilities. You are a legend Cedric!An inspiration toall.