Sune van Jaarsveld is fresh, hungry, and deeply thoughtful of where she is in her young swimming carreer at the moment. She is much challenged, but definitely not defeated. Her perception of education is so rich, because it is inclusive on not only formal education and its value, but also of informal and life education. The latter being a much neglected area in raising a powerful next generation of successful adults in our country.
She says “I am a dedicated hard working girly girl. I am very trustworthy as everybody confides in me and trust me with their secrets. I am also a very loyal friend and will never betray your trust. Smiley is my nickname as I always try to smile, even in the worst situations. I always try to lighten up a bad situation. Do not underestimate my kindness for being weak, as I am very focused and very goal orientated. I give great hugs and massages!”.
Athlete: Bio / Stats
|Name& Surname||Sune van Jaarsveld|
|Nick Name||Smiley/Sue/Soenmy/Sunetjie/Sussie/Sannie and my brother calls me “Vettie”|
|Date of birth||20 June 2001|
|Place of birth||Pretoria|
|Coach’s Name||Linda de Jager|
|Out of Country events/ meets||CANA Zone 4 in Angola and twice to Mozambique on NTS tours|
|Secondary Sport/ sports||It was hockey, but not anymore|
|Favorite City||I like traveling and Hong Kong is always a favorite with Amsterdam a close second choice|
|Favorite Song/ type of music||Spanish Pop and to name a few favorites: Sucker for Pain, Wild thoughts, Rise Up|
|Favorite Movie||Fathers and Daughters|
|School & Grade||Die Hoerskool Menlopark Grade 10|
|Sponsors||My Mom and Dad|
|Twitter and Instagram names, facebook name||Sune.vj – Instagram
Sune van Jaarsveld – Facebook
|Web site||I do not have a website…..YET!|
|Parents Names, siblings||Magdel, Riaan and my older brother Hano van Jaarsveld|
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?
My brother took swimming lessons and I had to stand outside the pool and could only watch him through the sliding doors. I remember I only wanted to go in and also swim. Eventually the swimming coach allowed me to sit inside and watch my brother swim. I was 2 years old. That was the beginning.
Currently my journey is very difficult as there is way more “downs” than “ups” and being a 16 year old girl that is busy to grow does not make my swimming easier….
I progressed quickly through the levels and has been competing at SA Junior level, as well as SA Senior level.
Q: Who are you? Describe yourself as a person.
I am a dedicated hard working girly girl. I am very trustworthy as everybody confides in me and trust me with their secrets. I am also a very loyal friend and will never betray your trust. Smiley is my nickname as I always try to smile, even in the worst situations. I always try to lighten up a bad situation. Do not underestimate my kindness for being weak, as I am very focused and very goal orientated. I give great hugs and massages!
Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in Swimming and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?
Being chosen for:
CANA Zone 4 team
SA Schools team
Competing at SA Junior and SA Senior
Personal Accomplishment – medaling in the Youth category during SA Seniors
Q: So, you are a brilliant athlete – but name 1 thing that you suck at 🙂
Table tennis and darts, but I am a very good pool player
Q: Favourite food and who must cook it ? ?
My mom’s tomato stew. Also my own scramble egg concoction.
Q: Value of Education in a young person’s life?
It is very very important. Not only formal education but also life skills and informal education.
Q: What is your definition of success in life?
Being the best person I can be and being a great friend. Success is not about achievements, but about who you are.
Q: What’s your WHY ? Why do you do what you do?
I cannot image my life without swimming, racing or going to training. Swimming has sculptured me in who I am currently.
I would like to be a mentor for the younger girl swimmers in my squad to show them that you can push through hard times and adversity. I want the younger swimmers to realize that you never give up and that just train harder.
When I end my swimming career, I would like people to say: “Sune was a great sportswoman and ambassador for swimming.”
Q: What are you most grateful for at the moment?
That I am injury free and the support of my parents. Also for my new Polaroid instant camera.
Q: Anything else you would like to share?
I love my coach Linda….but I sometimes dislike her a lot, especially during hard training sessions and will tell her that.
Without her support I would not have been the swimmer I am currently.
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!