The town swimming pool is still functioning, and two primary schools have their own pools in 2020.
Carnival Aquatics is a local swimming club, which was started in 2012. The club trains at the Brakpan Swimming Pool in summer and at the Boksburg North Swimming Pool in winter.
Springbok swimmer Andy van der Spuy wrote:Jack Kennedy was the superintendent of the pool for years. He coached many Eastern Transvaal swimmers including Dorien Hill, who was Graham Hill's mother, myself and hundreds of others. He never charged for his coaching services. He did it for the love of swimming. Brakpan Swimming Club & Water Polo Clubs were extremely strong in the 50s, 60s & 70s.
The school opened in 1948. With its own pool, the school is active in interschool events as far afield as Pretoria. It also participates in biathle, producing a world championship competitor in Cayde de Waal.
Vier leerlinge per ouderdom word vir die A-Span en B-Span gekies en neem deel vanaf 0/9 tot 0/13. Indien daar Gr. 1 en Gr. 2 leerders span behaal, neem hulle deel saam met die 0/9 groep.
Ons spanne neem deel aan die Ekudibeng C-liga streek, waarvan ons in 2018 streekswenners was. Die Intergala vind in die vierde kwartaal plaas.
Keagan van Jaarsveld (links) is as die senior seun swemmer van die jaar aangewys. Top pryse in diselfde afdeling is verwef deur Conrad Jansen van Vuuren (junior seun), Riché Ferguson (junior dogter) en Jessica Jenkinson (senior dogter, ook as die swemmer van die jaar aangewys).
Tweekamp is 'n multisport. Die wedloop is 'n kombinasie van hardloop, swem en weer hardloop aaneen.
Verskeie van ons atlete het al deelgeneem aan die Suid-Afrikaanse Kampioenskappe. Elke Provinsie kry 'n kans om die kampioenskappe aan te bied. 2015 se S.A. Kampioenskappe was in Oos-Londen, 2016 was in Bela-Bela, 2017 was in George, 2018 was in Port Elizabeth en 2019 was in Durban.
Een van ons Atlete het in 2015 aan die Wêreld Kampioenskappe deelgeneem nl. Cayde de Waal. Hy het 6de plek behaal. In 2016 was daar van ons atlete wat deel was van die Presidentspan. Cayde is nou (2020) die onder-hoofseun by Hoërskool Oosterlig in Brakpan.
Agt van ons Atlete het hierdie jaar aan die S.A. Kampioenskappe deelgeneem.
23 February 2015
Drie leerders van Laerskool Die Arend het onlangs aan die 1,6km Midmar-myl in die Midmardam by Howick deelgeneem en die uitdaging voltooi.
Hulle is (van links): Viaan Bruinette (met 'n tyd van 29min en 25sek), Charlene Minnie (33min en 52sek) en Estiaan Britz (34min en 17 sek).
Carnival Aquatics is 'n swemklub in Brakpan sedert 2012, met so om en by 20 lede. Die afrigter is Sjaan Enslin. Die klub is nog klein maar beoog om te groei oor die volgende paar jaar. Ons doelwit is om swem te bervorder by laerskool en hoërskool kinders. Ons swem gala's by Oos Gauteng en doen ook openwater soos die Midmar Myl.
The swimmers from Carnival Aquatics who competed at the Sasolburg Winter Championships are back (from left): Christian De Gouveia, JD Pretorius, JJ Waterson, Divan Immelman, Dean Koegelenberg, Tanya Muller, Charlene Minnie, Kaylee van der Vyver, Abi Pretorius and Hesti Britz. Front: Musa Mofokeng, Sjaan Enslin (coach), Jessica Bott and Sandra Menton.
Carnival Aquatics swimming coach Sjaan Enslin is incredibly proud after her team of 13 swimmers recently competed at and won five medals (three gold and two silver medals) at the recent Sasolburg Winter Championships.
The Brakpan-based swimmers also reached many event finals and achieved swimming level qualification times.
Christian De Gouveia achieved level two status in two of his events while JJ Waterson, Charlene Minnie, Kaylee van der Vyver, and Jessica Bott all qualified for level one status.
“Most of our swimmers learned how to swim with us and have come from nothing to doing extremely well in competition swimming,” said Enslin.
Last year their swimmers began featuring at competitions.
Enslin told the Herald her goal for the club for the year was to have a swimmer from Carnival Aquatics qualifying for level two and hopefully another level two qualifier from the club as well as a level three qualifier by the end of next year.
“My focus is to build up my swimmers slowly but surely without too much pressure going forward.”
The club trains at the Brakpan Swimming Pool in summer and at the Boksburg North Swimming Pool in winter.
Carnival Aquatics swimmers who took part in the Aquatics Gauteng Level 1 in Pretoria are, back (from left): Emma-Joy MacIntosh, Sjaan Rodrigues (head coach) and Michael Nicolaou. Front: Araya de Waal, Marko Nell and Eli van Heerden
Local swimmers bring home medals.
Tatum Havenga (right) took part in her first South African Open Water National Championships in Jeffreys Bay on Saturday. Sjaan Rodrigues is head coach at Carnival Aquatics.