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Swem: Die sport met 'n toekoms

Bylae tot Die Beeld- 26 Februari 1967 - deur Amanda Botha

Joan Harrison wen 'n goue medalje in die 1952 Olimpise Spele in Helsinki.



VYF jaar gelede nog was swem in Suid-Afrika 'n sportsoort wat geen toekoms gehad het nie. Hier was geen swemmers wat eers 'n uitdunrondte op die Olimpiese Spele sou kon behaal nie. Benewens Ann Fairlie, wat toe al groot belofte getoon het, kon geen ander swemmer juis in groot geselskap indruk maak nie.

Skielik, binne twee jaar, het swem in Suid-Afrika internasionale betekenis gekry en is die prestasies va ons swemmers one enigste troefkaart om weer toelating tot die Olimpiese Spele wat in Mexikostad gehou word, te kry. 

Hierdie artikel volg na 'n swemkamp van die vooraanstaande afrigter Cecil Colwin in Bethelehem. Swemmers van oor die hele land het die afgelope skoolvakansie begewoon. Die fotos is gennem by 'n groupoefening, 'n metode van afrigting wat Mr. Colwin in Suid-Afrika toepas.



Age group swimming must be developed country-wide, SAASU should institute a national club championships, and we should build more heated pools to hold an indoor winter and outdoor summer national championships. 

"Meisies klop die seuns" - Girls beat the boys.

Three South Arican swimmers were world ranked in 1966 - Karen Muir, Ann Fairlie and Diane Ludorf. No males made the grade.  Below are Karen and Ann returning from the 1966 tour with 5 world records between them. The crowd that greeted them on their return at Jan Smuts Airport was unprecedented for a swimming team. Not only the Springbok swimmers but also provincial swimmers like Linda Muir  (Karen's sister) had to give out their signatures.


Coach Cecil Colwin at his swim camp held at the municipal swimming pool in Bethlehem, Orange Free State. Below is Pretoria Springbok Brian Steward, coached by Bob Campbell.


South Africa has never been a force in the sport of diving. Oonagh Whittsitt of Natal is the only South African to have won a major international title in diving. She took bronze at the 1930 Empire Games.

However our neighbours in Rhodesia have a very different history when it comes to diving. During the 1960's they dominated the South African diving championships - often all three medals in an event - and helping Rhodesia win the overall points title award - the Ellis-Browne trophy - six year in a row. 

Today - 2018 - he country still lacks adequate facilities, coaches and umpires. 


From the left are Springbok swimmers : Ann Fairlie, Karen Muir, Diane Ludorf, Shirley van der Poel, Geoff Grylls and Brian Steward.

SAASU Adminsitrators Neville Garcie, Harry Getz and Alex Bulley

Vernon Slovin, Brian Elliot, Linda Muir, Karen Muir, Elma Malherbe, Nico van der Merwe, Rodger Ballard-Tremeer, Dereck Coetzer, Dale Hastie, Basil Hotz, Harold Pearce, Geoff grylls, Merle Fluxman, Tyrone Tozer, John Reen, Geraldine Steynberg were some the well known swimmers in South Africa in 1967.