Rhodesian diving


Don Liebermann 1972 Rhodesian Olympic Team member, Rhodesian and South African Diving Champion. Picture from the Mount Pleasant Pool Grand Opening, 1968


Rhodesian diver Sandy Morganrood

The arrival of Sandra Morgenrood (above), Rhodesia, who won the women’s 3m title in 1959 was the beginning of a Rhodesian dominance of the diving scene in Southern Africa

For more than 2 decades Rhodesian diving was at the top in Southern Africa. From 1960 to 1979 no South African won a South African diving title. From Jean Bands, Sandy Morgenrood Stead, Chris Theodosiou, Dottie Armstrong and Sarie Bezuidenhout in 1960 through the champions in Terry Rossiter (at least 10 titles) Lindsay Grant Stewart (similar) Don Lieberman (11 titles) Lina Pretorius (multiple titles), Robin Lieberman, Adrienne Cameron, Jane Figueiredo, Mike Ashwin, Dave Parrington, Leslie Smith, Nora Duffield.

Please note that this article is not in any way a history of Rhodesian diving, as that is beyond the scope of the current reserach.

Rhodesian divers

 Men  Women

Nigel Vernon Oxenden Sandra Morganrood
Ian Grace Jean Ward
Tony Steele Lindsay Grant-Stuart
Terry Rossiter - read more Sarie Bezuidenhout
Don Liebermann - read more Lina Pretorius - read more
Robin Liebermann - read more Debbie Hill
David Parrington  - read more Antoinette Wilken
 Geof Cox Lesley Smith
 Rob Stewart Tracey Cox
 Evan Stewart Jane Figueiredo
 John Pemberthy Jane Woodard - read more
 Rhett Gardener  

1970 - top l - r Jerry Emmerton, David Parrington, John Penberthy, Rhett Gardener, upside down Don Lieberman, Robin Lieberman, Mrs. Jean Ward (chaperone), coach Mrs. Pat Morgenrood, coach Ron Ward and Margie MacGraw.

Les Brown pool, Salisbury.

Sarie Bezuidenhout

Jane Figurueiredo at Borrow street baths, Bulawayo

Jane Figurueiredo at Borrow street baths, Bulawayo

Dave Parrington and Debbie Hill at the University of Houston

Dave Parrington and Debbie Hill at the University of Houston

Don Liebermann and Lina Pretorius

Don Liebermann and Lina Pretorius

Antonette Wilken at the University of Houston

Antonette Wilken at the University of Houston

1967 Rhodesian diving team

1967 Rhodesian diving team

US Diver Craig Lincoln at the Victoria Falls 1976

US Diver Craig Lincoln at the Victoria Falls 1976

Rhodesian winners of the 1965 Currie Cup

Rhodesian winners of the 1965 Currie Cup

Don Liebermann and Terry Rossiter

Don Liebermann and Terry Rossiter
Rossiter, Gardener, Ron Ward and others

Rossiter, Gardener, Ron Ward and others

Rhett Gardener

Rhett Gardener

Zimbabwe age grroup divers 2000

Zimbabwe age grroup divers 2000

Rhodesians at opening of the now defunct Gondola pool in MOzambique

Rhodesians at opening of the now defunct Gondola pool in MOzambique

Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith

Kyle Dam

Kyle Dam

Antonette Wilken 1975

Antonette Wilken 1975

Evan Stewart

Evan Stewart

Linsey Grant-Stuart

Linsey Grant-Stuart

Cynthia

Cynthia

Don Liebermann and Dave Parrington Jesters Diving Club Salisbury

Don Liebermann and Dave Parrington Jesters Diving Club Salisbury

1965 SA nationals Rossiter Stewart Liebermann

1965 SA nationals Rossiter Stewart Liebermann

Rhett Gardener 1966 Sutton Park Pool, Durban

Rhett Gardener 1966 Sutton Park Pool, Durban

1967 Grand Hotel opening display by Rhodesian divers scaffolding boards

1967 Grand Hotel opening Alison Stumbles and Lina Pretorius on board

Ron Ward [manager coach] John Penberthy, Robin Lieberman, Don Lieberm, Ron Ward, John Penberthy, Jerry Emmerton, Jerry Emmerton, Robin Lieberman, David Parrington and Don Lieberman.

Ron Ward [manager coach] John Penberthy, Robin Lieberman, Don Lieberm, Ron Ward, John Penberthy, Jerry Emmerton, Jerry Emmerton, Robin Lieberman, David Parrington and Don Lieberman.