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Meet the Young Athletes – Deborah Dredge

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Young but making a difference in many spheres in life is Deborah Dredge. This talented young lady has many accolades against her name, not only in swimming but in Life Saving and in Open water. She is an extremely hard worker and speaks with deep respect of her coaches who guides and mentors her on her journey. She is grounded in her faith in Christ and knows the wonderful plans that He has for her life. She says about herself –

“I like to be independent but will do anything when it comes to helping my team, friends and family.

I believe in loyalty, determination and hard work. In the future I’d like to be an inspiration and role model to others. I also want to stay humble no matter what”.

Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Deborah Dredge
Nick Name Debs
Date of birth 18 May 2002
Place of birth Pretoria
Current City Pretoria
Height 1.68m
Weight 66kg
Shoe Size 7
Club Pretoria Aquatic Club/ Tuks Lifesaving
Coach’s Name Leon Anderson, Marcus Gloak, Eugene da Ponte, Louis lotter / Valencia Walker
Out of Country events Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving
Secondary Sports Hockey
Favorite City Edinburgh
Favorite Type of music I don’t have a favourite but I like anything on Top 40
Favorite Movie The Guardian
School & Grade Woodhill College Grade 9
Twitter and Instagram names, facebook name deborah_dredge
Community / church projects involved in Waterkloof Baptist
Parents Names, siblings Caleb(Dad), Paula(Mom), Hannah, Phoebe, Elijah, Ruth

INTERVIEW:

Q: You are passionate and doing so well in your Swimming, tell me a little bit about how you started in Swimming and your journey in the Swimming arena up to now?

I’ve been swimming my whole life but started swimming competitively in grade two. Ever since my first gala I have loved absolutely anything to do with water.

Since then I have qualified for Junior Nationals and selected for the SA Presidents team for the Commonwealth festival of lifesaving.

Q: Who are you? 

I like to be independent but will do anything when it comes to helping my team, friends and family.

I believe in loyalty, determination and hard work. In the future I’d like to be an inspiration and role model to others. I also want to stay humble no matter what.

Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in Swimming and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

Representing NTS in open water at SA Nationals for 3 consecutive years

Representing Gauteng North and Gauteng Lifesaving at SA Nationals, being awarded Senior Victrix Ludorum for 2016 and 2017.

Qualifying for Junior Nationals.

Swimming as part of the President’s team at the Commonwealth festival of Lifesaving.

Q: Why do you have so much love and respect for your coaches?

I have five coaches: Leon Anderson, Marcus Gloak, Eugene da Ponte, Louis Lotter for swimming and then Valencia Walker for lifesaving.

They are all absolutely amazing in their own way and have contributed to the person I am today.

I have been with Leon the longest and he is one of the biggest reasons why I have accomplished everything I have in and out of the pool but I wouldn’t have achieved anything if they hadn’t all believed in me and taught me all I needed to know in swimming and lifesaving.

Q: What is your favorite food? And who must cook it 🙂

Definitely pasta.

Cooked by my mom.

Q: So you swim well and are doing well in academics but name 1 thing that you suck at 🙂

I cannot sing or dance to save my life.

Q: What is your personal favorite motivational quote?

“Make it happen. Shock everyone.”

-Anonymous

Q: What is your favourite Bible / Scripture quote?

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

Q: What is your definition of success in life?

Success is hard work.

Q: What’s your WHY ?  Why do you do what you do?

I swim for the race, for the insane amounts of adrenalin, the feeling of accomplishment after you just finished one of the hardest sets of your life, for my team and all the memories and for the 5:30 morning practices that we all secretly love.

I swim because what you put in is what you get out and no matter what’s happening in your life I will always have swimming. I would like to be an inspiration to others and to help bring even more people to love this amazing sport.

Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

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