This site is mainly about the history of competitive swimming in South Africa and the neighbouring countries like Rhodesia and South West Africa that competed in South African events.
Aquatic sports include swimming, water polo, diving, synchronised swimming. Many people also participated in lifesaving and multisports - triathlon, biathlon, and biathle.
Coaches provide continuity in any sport, although they seldom get credited with the success of their charges. They bring decades of experience, knowledge, and passion for their sport to bear on the raw talent of their athletes, without whom the swimmers would have little chance of realizing their own potential as competitors. →
Aquatic sports in South Africa were traditionally amateur sports managed on a provincial basis, by a national governing body known as the South African Amateur Swimming Union (SAASU). At the time of it's founding in 1899, the first member Provinces of SAASU just were Western Province and Eastern Province. The first national water polo championship event, known as the Currie Cup Tournament, was held at Port Elizabeth in 1900. →
According to some, ancient Greeks forbade war during their Olympiad. Politics has always impacted sporting activities, - wars, boycotts, conscription, etc. In the campaign to enforce majority rule in all southern African states, sports boycotts were used by politicians as a weapon of war. →
Despite the freezing winter temperatures on the highveld, the hot summers in South Africa encouraged the development of aquatic sports amongst the Europeans who settled in the sub-continent. At first, they built tidal pools along the dangerous coastline of the Cape, and later followed the English tradition of indoor bathing houses. →
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