SA open-water swim champ Jessica Roux is expected to compete in the Cirrus Bio-Ears Swim Challenge Series, aiming for 2012 SA Open Water Nationals qualification. Photo: Zports Media

Local South African swimmer, Jessica Roux, is favoured to dominate Eastern Province Aquatics’ upcoming Cirrus Bio-Ears Swim Challenge Series, which gets underway at Marina Martinique on Sunday morning.

This EPA Swim Series is sanctioned by Swimming South Africa and provides the first opportunity for registered swimmers to qualify for the 2012 SA Open Water Nationals.

SA World Championships open water swimming Roux is expected to attend the event to secure an early qualification for the SA Champs. Roux, former headgirl from Collegiate, now trains in Durban with the National Coach Graham Hill. Roux will be expected to enter the Olympic distance 10km swim on Sunday morning.

The Cirrus Bio-Ears Swim Series kicks off at 9am on Sunday morning with a combined 10km, 5km and 3km swim at Marina Martinique. Participants are required to select their chosen event before the race and will be supplied with colour coded Cirrus swim caps for the event.

The premier events are followed by two kids development races, a fun and parent assisted bank-to-bank swim for youngsters 10 years and under at 10h30 and a 500m swim for kids 14 years and under at 10h35.

At 12h00 the last event of the morning kicks off, this being the 1km open water swim. Prize giving concludes the swimming immediately after the last participant finishes.

Entry fees for the Cirrus Bio-Ears Swim Series are just R60 for the 10km, 5km or 3km swims. R50 for the 1km swim, R40 for the 500m swim and just R20 for the bank-to-bank swim.

The wearing of swim caps is compulsory for all swims and a late entry fee of R20 will apply to all entries made on the weekend of racing. All finishers will receive aQuelle flavoured water and medals are presented to the top 3 registered swimmers in the various categories.