Eastern Province ASA

The Eastern Province's territory stretched from Outdshoorn and Mosselbay in the west, to Grahamstown in the east, and also included Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage.

With the Western Province Association, the EPASA was one the original two provinces who founded the South African Amateur Swimming Union (SAASU) at Port Elizabeth,  in 1900. Compared to Natal and Transvaal, EP was never a real powerhouse of South African aquatics, but the province has provided is fair share of Springboks and a world record holder - Peter Williams. 

The first inter-provincial tournament was held in Port Elizabeth in January 1900 - where the South African Amateur Swimming Union was also established.

As part of the political process of renaming, the area is currently known as NMB Aquatics.

The province has a number of excellent schools with swimming pools - even in remote dorpies. See the map for the locations.

Eastern Province swimmers

Eastern Province water polo team -  1900

EPASA Life Members

Albert Boliter
Wes Deasy
Herman van Teylingen
Mike Spearpoint
Don Edge
Des Stark
Malcolm Seach
Cornal Turner
Richard Harris
Heather Turner
Toekie Eckley
Alan reynolds
Lorraine Deasy
Moira Norden
Adrienne Wilson
Colin Hurter
Dot Schoombee

The criteria for "national representative" today includes all levels of participation.


Eastern Province swimmers 1974: Colin Horwitz, Andre Kotze, Richard Maybery, Donald Black, Bimbi Slabbert, Sarah Jane Hamilton, Denise Woolerton and seated L-R are Celeste Du Toit, Magaret Nicholson, Sonja van Ryswyk, Lynne Hamilton, Janet Miller.

Libby Burrell, Springbok diver Barry Birkett and Celeste du Toit.