Numerous South Africans have moved overseas to compete. The diaspora of swimmers from South Africa which began during the 1950's produced some international aquatic champions, including a Princess, a couple of Masters legends, triathletes, coaches, an administrator, and a famous environmentalist.
Springbok swimmer and British Olympian Jon Jon Park, with his father Mr. Universe Reg Park and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The girl from Bulawayo, Benoni, and Durban won both backstroke events at the 1997 South African Swimming Championships, and winning the Swimmer of the Tournament Award. She competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games where she was a member of the South African women's 4x100m medley relay team that finished in 5th place. Her real claim to fame was marrying Prince Albert of Monaco and so becoming HRH Princess Charlene Grimaldi of Monaco.
International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee and Canadian Olympic coach Cecil Colwin was born in Port Elizabeth, moving to the Transvaal, where he worked as a professional swimming coach based at the Summit Club in Hillbrow. He was the coach of almost the entire Springbok team to the 1956 Olympic Games.
Parktown Boys High graduate Jon Jon Park, son of Mr Universe Reg Park, set new South African records in the 100m and 200m butterfly at the 1976 nationals in Durban, before going to swim for Britain at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.
When Ryk Neethling broke the South African 1500m freestyle record in 1994, it was the mark set by his coach Simon Gray at the South African swimming championships at Durban in March 1976. As a ten year old Simon challenged Lee McGregor in the 1500 at the 1972. Born in England, Simon went on to swim and medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and represent Great Britain as the 1980 Olympic Games.
Gary was a Springbok swimmer from Amanzimtoti, who three titles at the US Swimming Championships in 1984. His international renown - or notoriety - comes more from his actions outside the pool more than in it.
Dave was a Rhodesian swimmer who won 5 gold medals at the South African nationals in 1977, before taking up a scholarship at the University of Houston. He became the first British swimmer to go under 50 seconds, and in 1980 he was part of the bronze medal winning British medley relay team at the Moscow Olympic Games.