Eastern Transvaal Amateur Swimming Association

In 1958 Eastern Transvaal participated at the South African national swimming championships as a separate province for the first time. Natalie Myburg and Lenie de Nijs, a visiting Dutch swimmer, each won three titles, The ladies team won the medley relay and placed second in the freestyle relay. Eastern Transvaal won the Ellis Browne aggregate trophy with 54 points - Transvaal finished second with 41!

Other national champions included Olympian Laura Ranwell, Chris Gould, Ian Human, Dawn Roxburgh (1963 Springbok), Freddie McCallum, Marie Bresler (1968 Springbok). In 1976 Greg Scott beat Dougie Eager in men's 200 breaststroke, winning his Springbok colours. Andy van der Spuy, Jenny Lewarne, and Sue Hossack of Benoni were 1977 Springboks. In 1978 Rene Stainton placed third in the 100 breaststroke, and in 1979 M. Harrold in the women's 100 freestyle. In 1986 Don O'Reilly won the 200 fly. Heather Park won a number of titles between 1988 and 1996.

In 1985 Eastern Transvaal shared the Currie Cup trophy for water polo, with Natal and Northern Transvaal. Springbok water polo players from the Eastern Transvaal included brothers Alan and Gary Birnie as well as Mike and Donnie Semple.

Since the demise of the South African Amateur Swimming Union (SAASU) in 1995, the Eastern Transvaal has been known as Mpumalanga Province Swimming.

Estern Transvaal Schools Team  - 1969.

Laura Ranwell

An early report of swimming in the platteland - Ermelo 1938. 

Past Presidents

1957 1958 Mr. E.J. Riva
1958 1959 Mr. L. Levinsohn
1959 1966 Mr. I. Kramer
1966 1978 Mr. L. Levinsohn
1978 1985 Mr. A.M. Hossack
1985 1989 Dave Norman
1989 1993 Mr. R. Wilie
1993 1996 Mr. A. Grafe
1996 1997 Mr. T. Gaitley
1997 1998 Mrs K. Gist
1998 2001 John Abbott
2001 2002 J. Gatley
2002 2004 Glenn Keevy
2004 2005 Karin Whitburn
2005 2010 Johan Kruger
2010 2012 Trevor Teegler
2012 2013 Willie Vorster
2013 2017 Willie Vorster
2017 2017 Steve Botha 

Honorary Life Members

Year Awarded  
1959 Mr. E.J. Riva
1960 Mr. G. Glencross
1961 Mr. J.A. Coull
1964 Mrs A.C. Coull
1965 Mr. L. Levinsohn
1988 Mrs C. Thompson
1989 Mr. D. Norman
1992 Mr. R.J. Thompson
1993 Mrs A. Norton
1994 Mrs L. Bassett
1995 Mr. A. Grafe
1996 Mrs C. Grafe
1998 Mrs N. Warrender
2000 Mrs K. Gist (Whitburn)
2005 Mrs B. Marshall
2016 Mrs A. Smith
  Mr. G. Keevy
  Mr. D. Isemonger
  Mr. Johan Nel
2020 Mrs Cheryl Knight

2015 Mpumalanga Swimmig Union report

MPS hosted five (5) official SSA accredited age group galas at Van Riebeeck Park and two (2) in Middelburg, the SSA Grand Prix and the annual Top Schools Primary & High Schools galas. Galas were run very professionally, with no incidents of note. The Mpumalanga Open Championships was again a great success. MPS also provided technical assistance for the 2015 Inter-High Schools Gala to ensure its status as an additional SSA registered gala.

National Level 1, 2 & 3

15 swimmers represented Mpumalanga at Level 3 (Port Elizabeth), 31 swimmers at Level 2 (Sasolburg) and 29 swimmers at Level 1 (Durban). The swimmers did Mpumalanga proud and swam PB’s in most of their events.

Youth & Senior Nationals

9 swimmers qualified and participated at Youth & Senior Nationals. Swimmers performed well, with some exceptional individual performances from Liza-Mari Drummond, Christelle Kriel and Kaleb van der Merwe. Christel Kriel broke several Africa records and narrowly missed an Olympic A Quantifying Time at SA Senior Nationals.

S.A. Open Water Championships

No swimmers from Mpumalanga participated at the 2016 SA Open Water Championships.

S.A. Masters Swimming Championships

Mpumalanga Masters only had one representative at the 2016 SA Masters Championships. Michelle Esterhuizen won 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal.

Small Province Inter Provincial

Mpumalanga finished in a well deserved overall 3rd place at the 2015 Small Province Inter-Provincial Gala at St. Benedict’s College in Johannesburg, with the Girls Team taking a well deserved overall 2nd place on the day.

SA Schools Championships 2015

Unlike 2014, the Mpumalanga Schools Swimming Team performed exceptionally well at the 2015 SA Schools Championships. Team Mpumalanga improved from overall 9th place to a commendable overall 6th place and improved their total medal count from 9 to 28 medals.

Depth in certain age groups is still a concern and especially evident in the relay events. The lack of participants swimming events longer than 100m is of serious concern.

2019 Mpumalanga Swimmig Union report

MPS hosted six (6) official age group galas, The Mpumalanga Sprint gala, Mpumalanga Open Championships, one (1) winter short course gala, the SSA Grand Prix & SSA Grand Prix Open Water, the annual Top Schools Primary & High Schools galas, the SSA Level 1 Swimming Championships and four (4) open water events. Congratulations to Nkangala District for hosting a very successful first Open Water event in Middelburg. MPS also provided technical assistance for the 2018 Inter-High Schools Gala to ensure its status as an additional SSA registered gala.

Provincial Level 1

167 swimmers participated in Nelspruit. Since this event serves as a stepping stone for some new and very talented swimmers, we trust many new swimmers will register with MPS and clubs this coming season.

Regional Level 2 & 3

Only 36 swimmers represented Mpumalanga at Level 2 (Sasolburg) and 23 swimmers at Level 3 (Bloemfontein). The swimmers did Mpumalanga proud and swam PB’s in most of their events. From reports received, it seems the logistical arrangements and quality of both events improved significantly from last year’s debacle.

Junior Nationals

26 Swimmers qualified, although only 16 swimmers represented Mpumalanga at SSA Junior Nationals (Durban). Congratulations to Tamara Froneman from Uniswim Mid/Wit, who brought home 2 silver medals.

Youth & Senior Nationals

15 Swimmers qualified, although only 7 participated at Youth & Senior Nationals. Raymond de Freitas brought home 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals from SSA Senior Nationals (Multi-Disability), while Reece Zowitsky brought home a bronze medal from the Youth Championships.

S.A. Open Water Championships

Thirteen (13) swimmers represented Mpumalanga at the SA Open Water Championships in Jeffrey’s Bay. Jacey Bekker achieved a gold medal in the 3km age group event, Jetro Piso achieved a silver medal in the 3km age group event, Jordyn Minifie achieved a bronze medal in the 3km age group event and Michelle Esterhuizen brough home a silvermedal in the 3km age group event as well. For the very first time, Mpumalanga achieved a bronze medal in the 4 x 1.25km Open Water Relay, which was a very exciting race from start to end. The Mpumalanga Relay Team, comprising of Jetro Piso, Reece Zowitsky, Thelise Saunders and Jordyn Minifie surprisingly outperformed some of South Africa’s well established and much bigger swimming provinces. Well done to the entire Open Water squad and management team.

S.A. Masters Swimming Championships

Mpumalanga Masters had two representatives at the 2019 SA Masters Championships. Geraldine Jansens (FINS Swimming Club) won 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in the Woman 75-79 Age Group, including 3 new South African records. Emily Khumalo (FINS Swimming Club) also particitated in the Woman 35-39 Age Group and brought home a bronze medal.

Small Province Inter Provincial

Mpumalanga and Limpopo competed in a very close contested first Interprovincial in Tzaneen, with Limpopo taking the honors at the end of the competition. We trust Mpumalanga will returnthe favour during 2019, when the Interprovincial will be hosted in Nelspruit and hopefully with the inclusion of Mozambique as a third team.

Maputo Sprint Gala

Mpumalanga again participated in the annual Maputo Sprint Gala with an official provincial team. MPS did exceptionally well and ended the Gala in overall 1st place.