Denzil was an amazing 8yr. old boy from Kingwilliamstown. Denzil swam a 1500m. official time trial at 8 yrs. of age …his talent was exceptional. He was coached by Jim Spring.
He broke the National age group 50m. freestyle record for 10 yr. olds and was a mini superstar.
He participated in a Jim Spring swim camp at Aliwal North just weeks before he was tragically killed at 9 yrs. of age. (1966)
His tragic death was front-page news on all S.A. newspapers and his school (Dale College) held a huge memorial in his honour. It was a devastating time for all of us and I still mention him in my daily prayer.
Denzil was planning to move to Bloemfontein at the time and was going to live with coach Jim Spring to continue his swim training and go to school there.