The towns of Nelspruit and Witrivier are now almost combined, while Barberton, Komatiepoort, and Malelane are close enough to form a part of the Nelspruit swimming scene.
Laerskool Nelspruit het al vir baie jare ‘n sterk swemspan.
Ons filosofie hier by Laerskool Nelspruit is dat alle Nellies wat kan swem aan ons interhuis gala mag deelneem en sodoende die kans gegun word om in ons swemspan ons skool te kan verteenwoordig en prestasies behaal.
The school dates from 1917, and was later joined by two more local high schools - Bergvlam and Lowveld High. Nellies - as it is known - dominates the local inter-school galas. At the 2019 gala, Hoërskool Nelspruit took top honours in the boys and girls sections, ahead of Curro Nelspuiit and Rob Ferreira High.
Despite the presence of a functioning swimming pool, the school does not seem to participate in galas anymore. One recent pupil - Lungelo Nxumalo - did represented Swaziland at a CANA IV event in Malawi in 2018, winning a bronze medal.
With four pupils from the school - Magdaleen Terblanche, Simoné de Beer, Terblanche de Kock en Michael Swanepoel - making the 2018 Mpumalanga Provincial schools team, swimming is a serious sport at the school.