South African Aquatic Championships

1900 - Port Elizabeth

The slightly mis-named "South African Championships" started in February 1900 - more than ten years before the Union of South Africa was constituted by the British Parliament on the 31st May 1910.

This first event featured only white, (mainly English) men - from the Cape Colonial towns of Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Some were soldiers, who would be soon be involved with the fighting in the Orange Free State and the Transvaal during the Boer War.

The events were water polo and one swimming race over 100 yards. 

100 yards Championships

1 R Marais WPASA
2 WD Cornwall WPASA
3 JC Wrensch WPASA
4 R Richardson EPASA

Eastern Province water polo team

W Hann

A Pickering

CJ Liston-Foulis

William Fiddian-Green

C Cunningham

Robert Carswell

AE Marks

Western Province water polo team


HA Reid

Harry Wrensch

R Marais

E Marcus

GE Shelvoke

J Wrensch

AC Solomon

1st Board members of the South African Amateur Swimming Union

William Fiddian-Green  (EPASA)
R Jenkins
AJS Lewis  (WPASA)
HA Reid
CA Brewster  (EPASA)
Skead, C
GE Shelvoke