Jameson High School

Jameson High swimming team 1960.

Carl Scmidt wrote:

The Swimming Gala became a major event on the school calendar with the arrival of Mrs. Helen Catterall in 1959, and the eventual completion of the school pool in 1966. The team's aim has always been to earn a place in the Rhodesian inter-schools finals gala and Jameson did this on several occasions, finishing sixth in 1979, a great feat considering the numbers involved. Swimmers of note have been Joan May, Dorothy Fairbairn, Sandy Mcculloch, Jacolet Wessels, Jeanette Howes, Jenny McCormick, Hayley Burgess and Carol Bourgonje. The boys' swimming was always comparatively weak although Brian and 'Chappi' Abrams gained places in the Rhodesian junior water polo team and Les Abrams later represented the Rhodesian senior team.

Diving, too, has produced its stars with most of the girls being given a thorough grounding by Mrs. Gwen Attwell during her ten-year coaching spell at the school. Helen Attwell, Judy Conway and the Young sisters were highly rated divers in inter-provincial competitions whilst Adrienne Cameron won numerous inter-school titles, went on to captain the national diving team and became the South African springboard champion in 1975. Now Mrs. Wilson, Adrienne has been coaching since 1971 and was recently appointed Zimbabwe's national coach.

2005 swimming trophies