Border diving had excellent juniors after the Vaughans and Isherwoods and Rivetts moved on from East London In the top picture l to r are Rhett, James Bassingsthwaighte and Kerry Lee Atherstone.
At SA champs 1996 in Durban. In the second picture is the Border team at the Senior championships 1993 in Ellis Park Johannesburg. L to r Nicci Connell, Lee van Breda (Gardener) Adam Webber, Liezl Rautenbach, Eugene Gower and Mandy Fischer
Jane Figueiredo, Linda van Linda von Broembsen and me at the de Jong Diving Centre in Pretoria. Jane, current coach to the British Olympic Diving Team last dived at the Centre in the 1970's.
I was awarded colours in 1989 or 1990.
When the Gardener family arrived as refugees from the Zimbabwe where the rule of law had broken down in the early 1980s, we missed taking part in our sport. The 3 of us formed Jesters Diving and Trampoline Club in Germiston where we were living. We, the three of us, Lee van Breda and Wayne Shaggy Gardener and me, competed in Trampoline, single and double mini-trampoline as a family for Eastern Transvaal and in diving, for Transvaal (central) We traveled through weekly to have coaching sessions in Pretoria in Wierda Park, Centurion with Helen v d Walt the Springbok coach. I bought a trampoline to train on in the back yard. We had a safety rig installed overhead. While training for SA Champs Wayne broke his arm. It seemed he would be out of the trials. But no!.... He found a way to do his body drop movements with his broken arm behind his back. He was selected in 1991 to compete in Germany and Russia.
The trampoline and tumbling team was the first sports team to compete in Moscow for years Lee went on to represent the SA Tumbling and Trampoline Union in Portugal.
In the 60s Rhodesia had no heated pools for winter diving training. A number of the Rhodesian diving team members started training on trampolines in the off season. Pat Morgenood and Sandy Morgenrood (1960 Olympic Games in Rome) had a large flashfold Nissen trampoline that Don Liebermann and I were trained on in the off season.
Keith Youds, the Phys Ed teacher at Prince Edward BHS had 4 solid bed flashfold trampolines from Gymtrac in SA (SA had a number of world champion trampolinists in those days). The Prince Edward school trampolines were in the huge open sided dutch barn-style gymnasium next to the Beit Hall.
Under guidance from Keith Youds a number of divers formed the Rhodesian Trampoline Association. The main movers with me were Terry Rossiter, Don Lieberman, Norman Amato, Rob Stewart, Robin Liebermann (1972 Munich Olympics and former SA champion that had coached for years). We soon had a good group of athletes: Dennis Udwin, Jerry Emmerton, David Parrington and lots of other juniors. We introduced the level system used by the SA Amateur Trampoline and Tumbling Union. Many trophies were donated to the association. To raise money for equipment the divers did shows / displays all over the country at events like the Royal Salisbury Show where Keith coach us in a synchronized 4 trampoline display that took place in Glamis stadium in front of huge crowds.
We even did shows in closed venues like school halls. The picture below shows the late Terry Rossiter (1964 Olympics in Tokyo) doing a synchro display in Salisbury Girls High School hall. In the pic Terry and I are somersaulting from one trampoline to the other. (I recall Terry once doing a routine on 4 trampolines where he somersaulted from one to a second to a third to a fourth trampoline in the PE gymnasium but the travel momentum was too much. He couldn't stop the momentum and sailed through the air on leaving trampoline number 4 - to land in a winded heap on the tarred gym floor!)
Don Lieberman (selected for the 1972 Munich Olympics and 11 × SA champion and many times Rhodesian champion) was one of the most elegant trampolinists. In the picture he shows his beautiful line and grace in the air.
Other pictures show the Blazer and tracksuit badges of the Rhodesian trampoline Association that I recently unearthed.
Top left was the Manicaland team badge from 1960. It features the Birchenough suspension bridge being a landmark of the province. Tracy Cox your dad, Geoff had many divers abseiling off that bridge. Bottom left is the tracksuit badge of Umtali Amateur Swimming Club 1959 / 60. It was the home club of many top athletes at time. Shelley Roberts, Sarie Roy Coltman.
The middle badges were Otters ASC based at Les Brown pool. I cannot recall the significance of the badge in two different colours. My mother made a huge banner for the club.
The top right badge 1963 was the Mashonaland team badge in the days of Cammie and Doris Freer, Tony Hadley 's dad as Secretary, Tom Connell, Frank Parrington, Billy Johns, Pat Morgenrood, as swimming and diving coaches, Don Liebermann and Robin and June Lieberman, Chris Sherwell, Brian Christie et al.
The bottom badge 1964 was the acme of diving - in the time of Rob Stewart, Terry Rossiter, Peter Defferary, Sarie Bezuidenhout, Lindsay Grant Stewart and Dot Armstrong. Ron Ward was the wonder diving coach in those days.
At the end of championship banquet I was sitting with the Burgermeester Gemeente Braschaat (Mayor of Braschaat - because I spoke afrikaans which could be understood by the Flemish speaking mayor). An East German little girl diver came to the top table with her coach. Her coach spoke no English. The little girl diver said to me "My coach says that your first 10 was right". I was thrilled<