1963 Dutch swimming tour of South Africa


In 1963 a team of Dutch girls toured South Africa and Rhodesia, including swimmers like world champion Ada Kok, synchro swimmers and a diver. Ada returned to spend some years coaching on the east Rand. Items in this article from Ada Kok's own tour scrapbook.






Springbok swimmers Desiree Lundie, Jill Beyers, Irma Wieringa, Dawn Roxburgh, Ann Fairlie and Dianne Luforf

with Premier HF Verwoerd and his wife.


Dutch swimmers in Port Elizabeth - Hetty Balkenede, frieda Eichenberg, Annie Apples, Betty Heukels, Nienkie te Riet, Tiny Bakker, Anita Smith, Erica Terpstra, Ada kok, Ria van Velsen, Klenie Bimolt - with manageress Mrs V Vlotman.



Ada Kok sets a new European record in Durban - see the Beach Baths in the background.


Dutch swimmers in Bulawayo



Dutch girls swim tour ends in Ndola - Nothern Rhodesia.

My meeting with Ada Kok and Betty Heunkels in Masterdam, where the kindly allowed me to copy her travel scrapbook.

Her email of 10 January 2012:

Dear Kobus,

And yes, we would love to meet you in Amsterdam if this is possible, as this particular trip is running through our lives like a red tread.

I say WE, because a girlfriend of mine, Betty Wouda-Heukels (member of the Dutch National Swimming Team and

European Champion 4x100m Individual Medley 1966), was also on this trip to South Africa.

Betty was asked by the Dutch Swimming Association to be the assistant manager of the Dutch Team visiting South Africa.

The Manager was Mrs.Anette Vlothuizen.

Betty celebrated her 21st anniversary on this trip and has even has more memories, background stories and photographs than me. Again may be I was too young to remember it all in details.

I called her and filled her in on your request and we both are looking forward to tell you all about our experiences in 1963.

As my agenda- although I am retired – is still very full. 

I already copied Betty on our email conversation.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Kind regards,

Ada