Graham Hill and Chad le Clos - both Westville old boys. 

Westville Boys’ High School is the premier swimming school in South Africa. The School boasts a championship winning team that is unbeaten across all galas it has competed in since 2008, including the 2017 Top 10 interschools gala.

WBHS has a long tradition of producing fine swimmers, but its dominance in the pool is a relatively new phenomenon. today it boasts a superb facility, and is the home of Springbok coach Graham Hill and swimmers like Chad le Clos, Chad Ho and other internationals.

The highlight of the swimming calendar is the prestigious Durban and Districts Gala, also held at Kings Park. This is the gala that all Westville swimmers want to win the most. The gala’s history stretches back to 1970. WBHS has won this gala every year since 2008. In 2012, the School won all 26 events at the gala, the first time this had been achieved by a team in the gala’s history. WBHS holds 25 of the 26 event records for this gala.

WBHS also has an enviable record in the Midmar Mile, the world largest open water swimming event. It has won the school’s title at this event for 19 consecutive years. This event is particularly unique because it allows current WBHS pupils and old boys to compete in the same race. The 1999 edition of the event had three Westville boys in the Top 10. Brad Storm (an old boy at the time) came 2nd, with his brothers, Anton and Brad in 7th and 9th places respectively. In the 2008 event, a Westville Old Boy, Shaun Dias, beat Chad Ho, in matric at WBHS at the time, to 1st place.

WBHS has produced eleven international swimmers in the open category. The School’s most famous old boy swimmer, Chad Le Clos, burst onto the international scene when he beat Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly at the London Olympics in 2012. Le Clos, who was awarded the prestigious Order of Ikhamanga in 2013, holds the world record for the 200m butterfly over the short course. Another notable Westville Old Boy is Chad Ho, the five-time winner of the Midmar Mile. Ho specialises in open water swimming, and represented South Africa at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Graham Hill, is the Head Coach of the SA swimming team. He earned Springbok colours in three sports, including swimming, lifesaving and waterpolo. He has been the SA coach at five Olympic Games. Another Westville Old Boy, Alisdair Hatfield, has also coached the SA team on several occasions.

Westville Boys High school swimming team with coach Owen Kuyper and including Graham Hill


International Swimmers

(SA unless otherwise stated)

Graham Hill

Raymond Hass – Australia

Carl Storm

Charlton Lawson

Chad Ho – 2008, 2012 & 2016 Olympics

Chad Le Clos –  2012 & 2016 Olympics - world record holder.

Charl Crous – 2012 Olympics

Leith Shankland –  2012 Olympics, 2014 Commonwealth Games

Clayton Jimmie – 2014 Commonwealth Games

Calvyn Justus – 2014 Commonwealth Games

Daniel Ronaldson

Chad Ho

All four Westville Old Boys in the South African swimming team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow won medals. King of the pool was Chad Le Clos, who won an impressive seven medals, equaling the record for the highest number of medals won in the pool at a Commonwealth Games set by Australian swimmer, Ian Thorpe, in 2002. Each of the other three Westville Old Boys, Leith Shankland, Clayton Jimmie and Calvyn Justus, won two medals each.

Chad, who matriculated from WBHS in 2010, had set his sights on winning seven medals. He achieved this milestone, when he competed in the final of the 4×100 medley relay, in which South Africa won bronze. Earlier on the same evening, Chad won bronze in the 200m individual medley final.

Chad won two golds medals at the Games, one each in the finals of the 100m and 200m butterfly races. In both races he set new Games Records. He became the first swimmer to win both these races in the same edition of the Commonwealth Games since 1952.

Chad also won a silver medal in the 4X100m freestyle final, and bronze medals in each of the 50m butterfly and 4X200m freestyle finals.

At the conclusion of this competition Chad takes his total medal tally won at Commonwealth Games up to twelve medals, following his five medals won four year ago at Delhi.

Leith Shankland, who matriculated from WBHS in 2009, won silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay, and bronze in the 4X100m freestyle relay. He also earned the distinction of competing in the final of the 100m freestyle race, finishing in 7th place.

Clayton Jimmie, who matriculated from WBHS in 2013, won silver in the 4x100m freestyle race, by virtue of competing for South Africa in the semi-final of the race. In a similar fashion he won bronze in the 4x100m medley race. He also earned the distinction of competing in the semi-finals of the 100m freestyle race.

Calvyn Justus, who also matriculated from WBHS in 2013, won silver in the 4x100m freestyle race by virtue of competing for South Africa in the semi-final of the race. He won bronze in the 4x200m freestyle race in the same way.

Mention must be made of Graham Hill, also a Westville Old Boy, who was head coach of the South African team at the Commonwealth Games. He has played an integral part in training all of the South African swimmers.

The staff and pupils of WBHS congratulate Chad, Leith, Calvyn and Clayton on their incredible performances at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We wish them well as they prepare for the challenges ahead, most notably the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.