Streaming issues? Report here
Lester Kieviet 2019 1500 BW 2 Lester Kieviet 2019 1500 BW 2
The Midday Report with Lester Kiewit
12:00 - 13:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Lunch with Pippa Hudson
See full line-up
The Midday Report with Lester Kiewit
12:00 - 13:00
Home
arrow_forward
Sport
fiber_manual_record
Lifestyle

Under-ice freediving champ opens up about battle with addiction and depression

12 February 2021 12:41 PM
Tags:
Mental health
addictions
Amber Fillary
under-ice swimmer
free diver
world record holder

“Don’t let depression and addiction get in the way of your dreams. No matter how hard things get, you can get through them."

Amber Fillary is currently the world record holder for the longest under ice swim with breath held in the female category.

She swam 70 metres under the ice in one breath in near-freezing conditions in Norway last year.

RELATED: "Go for your dreams" - Cape freediver breaks world record to inspire hope

The competitive freediver's record swim was in aid of mental health awareness and she's currently training in order to set a new world record in 2021.

Fillary has been open about her lifelong battles with addictions and depression.

She tells CapeTalk that talking about mental health struggles helps remove the stigma around them.

My message is: Don't let depression and addiction get in the way of your dreams.... No matter how hard things get, you can get through them. You can keep going.

Amber Fillary, South African freediver

In theory, with all the battles that I've had with my mental state, I shouldn't have been able to achieve the things I've achieved... Nothing is possible, that's what I'm showing.

Amber Fillary, South African freediver

I would like to encourage people to talk about stuff... There's so much stigma attached to these things... It's not easy, but it helps if you can share and talk about it.

Amber Fillary, South African freediver

How does she do it?

Fillary says swimming under ice and holding her breathe is all about conquering the mind and pushing her physical limits.

I'm just lucky that I am able to get into such cold water and be able to be really relaxed and be able to hold my breath.

Amber Fillary, South African freediver

The breath hold training is what I've been doing in normal temperatures at the moment.

Amber Fillary, South African freediver

It's like your fighting against what your body wants to do. Your body wants to breathe but you've got to override that. The mental part is difficult.

Amber Fillary, South African freediver

The cold is also mental. It's mind over matter.

Amber Fillary, South African freediver

I'm clipped onto a rope so I don't get lost... I have safety divers with me as well, just in case, because it's dangerous with breath holds - you can pass out.

Amber Fillary, South African freediver

You can visit Amber Fillary's website here to learn more about her ice-swimming, artwork, and motivational talks.

Listen to Amber Fillary in conversation with John Maytham:




12 February 2021 12:41 PM
Tags:
Mental health
addictions
Amber Fillary
under-ice swimmer
free diver
world record holder

More from Sport

Tiger Woods car rolls in crash near LA, undergoes surgery

24 February 2021 6:52 AM

The champion golfer flipped his vehicle several times and has seriously injured both his legs.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

South African Chris Morris becomes the world’s richest cricketer

19 February 2021 2:49 PM

The allrounder will earn R32 million for playing in the 2021 Indian Premier League, which takes place between 11 April and 6 June.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'The Aussies are arrogant; it’s our turn! Host Lions in S Africa, or postpone'

18 February 2021 2:00 PM

Australia wants to host South Africa and the British Lions. "We must put pressure on them to postpone," pleads Wynand Claassen.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Few believed in me. Most actively discouraged me - Heyneke Meyer pens book

15 February 2021 8:00 PM

Bruce Whitfield interviews former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer about his new book "My Notes on Leadership and Life".

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Kolisi confirms departure from WP Rugby: 'Now is the time to spread my wings'

15 February 2021 3:41 PM

Siya Kolisi says it has been a great privilege being a part of the Western Province Rugby Union for the past 11 years.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

[VIDEO] Sneakers you can slip into without using your hands

3 February 2021 8:31 AM

For those of you who just don't want to bend down to put your sneakers on, Nike has come up with just the ticket.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Here's when to start exercising again after you've had Covid

30 January 2021 10:13 AM

Phase it in, says Dr Khulise Singata, start slow and don't rush it.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Cape Town rugby fans bid farewell to Newlands, WP's last game at the old stadium

23 January 2021 4:45 PM

Kick-off at DHL Newlands for Carling Currie Cup semifinal between DHL WP and the Cell C Sharks but the stands must remain empty.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

The Outdoor Report: How and why trail running has exploded during lockdown

23 January 2021 8:09 AM

Jeff Ayliffe chats to Sara-Jayne King about the rise of trail running during lockdown and why it is the ideal time to improve your levels.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Rachel Kolisi has Covid-19. It is taking a toll on the kids, says Siya

28 December 2020 10:14 AM

"Let’s do everything we can to protect those around us," pleaded the Springbok captain on social media.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

More from Lifestyle

Sars plans to tax retirement funds if you leave SA, target offshore assets

24 February 2021 8:42 PM

The proposal to tax retirement fund members when no longer tax-resident in SA is not unreasonable, says Prof. Osman Mollagee.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

The pros and cons of lay-by purchases - #ConsumerTalk

24 February 2021 3:26 PM

Lay-by allows you to choose an item and then pay it off every month, interest-free, explains consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'School Life Orientation plays a key role in pupils decision-making and success'

24 February 2021 8:48 AM

Western Cape Education Department Senior Curriculum Planner: Life Orientation/Life Skills Ismail Teladia talks to Refilwe Moloto.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Does an emotive Sars advert make you feel better about paying tax?

23 February 2021 8:08 PM

It's Budget day tomorrow and branding expert Sizakele Marutlulle chooses a topical campaign as her advertising hero of the week.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Pineapple leaf nappies and sanitary wear wins this innovative woman an award

23 February 2021 2:40 PM

Inners of Leafline products are made from a natural pineapple Leaf fibre called Pina Fibre making them environmentally friendly.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

A South African fraudster fleeced US Big Tech out of R620 million ($42 million)

22 February 2021 8:11 PM

Stephen Timm on his new book, "At Any Cost: The South African Fraudster Who Took the Tech World for More Than $40 million".

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Only 52% of South Africans willing to get Covid jab - survey

22 February 2021 1:02 PM

Andrea Rademeyer CEO & Founder of Ask Afrika discusses the results of the latest survey.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Should body corporates relax maximum occupancy rules?

22 February 2021 11:53 AM

Sectional title specialist Marina Constas to weigh up the factors that need to be considered.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Help sandwich drive keep Lavender Hill kids' tummy's full

22 February 2021 8:20 AM

Slices for Life has been helping feed children in the impoverished area of Lavender Hill in Cape Town since December.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

I have a purpose to fulfill - Burn survivor Itu Sekhu shares her inspiring story

21 February 2021 10:06 AM

Author and businesswoman Itumeleng Sekhu says she's using her life story to motivate others and encourage them to reach their full potential.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward