Rhodesia had some fantastic schools, based on the English model. Swimming was usually a major summer sport, with diving and more recently also water polo also featuring in these elite schools - like Falcon College (above).
Beyond the elite schools there were numerous state and private schools in towns and rural settings around the country, where swimming was an popular sport.
As in other post-colonial African countries the state schools suffered from White Flight, and a subsequent change in demographics in the staff, pupils and parents. This has left many schools with derelict swimming pools as the interest in aquatic sports waned and funding priorities changed. The history of aquatic sports at many of those school is unrecorded and now mostly forgotten.
See the map for the location of the swimming pools.
1976 Rhodesian Schools Water Polo team at the University of Witwatersrand pool in Johannesburg, after winning the South African Inter-Provincial Schools Tournament.
The schools are divided into the 5 provinces of Rhodesia, as well as Northern Rhodesia.
The capital city Salisbury was the centre of aquatic sports in the country, with many state and private schools that have, or had, their own swimming pools.
3 March 2015
Bulawayo's Girls College emerged victors at the girls inter-schools' swimming finals that concluded on Saturday at Harare's Les Brown Pool.
Although no long standing records tumbled, the finals were fiercely contested among participants from various schools across the country.
Girls College claimed overall honours with 362 points while Chisipite Senior School finished second on 358 points.
Chisipite had come into the finals as favourites following their exploits in the northern section swimming gala the previous weekend. They were also the defending champions having won the inter-schools' final swimming gala for the last several years.
But they, however, came unstuck against a spirited Girls College team.
Chisipite, however, had the consolation of winning the relay trophy that accounts for the total relay points in all age groups.
In third place was Harare Convent on 278 points, Hellenic Academy finished fourth on 265 whilst Peterhouse Girls were fifth on 260 points.
Arundel and Bulawayo's Convent settled for sixth and seventh respectfully on 190 points and 74 points.