David Lowe


Dave Lowe was coached by Syd Gibbons in Gwelo, before moving to South Africa. He beat Paul Blackbeard to the titles in 100 and 200 butterfly, and the 200 IM.  

Dave took up a scholarship at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Texas in 1978, and transferred to the University of Houston in 1979. By 1980 he moved to the UK, where he soon became a regular on the British team. He won a bronze meal in the 4x100 medley relay at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. His swimming focus then changed to freestyle, and he finished third in the B final of the 100m freestyle at the 1984 Los Angerles Olympic Games.

In 1987 David returned to Cape Town for the Spur Robben Island Relay Race. With fellow Houston swimmer Kevin Lee, Kevin Murphy (man who has done the most Channel crossings, and Annemie Landmeters - who was the first person to swim across False Bay. Their team finished in 4th place.
David Lowe being congratulated by Paul Blackbeard at South African swimming championships at Newlands in 1977. Lowe won the event - the 100m butterfly - but Blackbeard received the trophy, as the first South African. On the right is Kobus Scheepers, and Duval van Zyl on the left received a bronze medal.
David Lowe in the 1977 Rhodesian national swimming team, in the middle row 6th from the right.
Rhodesian swimmers and divers in Dallas Texas in 1979. l to r. Guy Goosen,  Dave Parrington, Dave Lowe, Debbie Hill, Kris Hammond (who dived for Rhodesia at Durban Currie Cup in 1976 when he was an exchange student from the US attending Oriel).
At ther British short course nationals in April 1983, David Lowe won the 100m freestyle in 49,86. This made him the first Briton to swim the 100m short course in under 50 seconds.
Duncan Goodhew, David Lowe, Gary Abraham and Martin Smith