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Fresh & Hungry – Caleb Billings

Getting to the heart of Caleb Billings, a young and upcoming swimmer from Joburg. He is a dedicated and motivated young man who is willing to give his everything in pursuit of a high swimming dream. He has full realisation that big dreams like that are never easy but definitely worth it! There is is thirst within him to take his sport to the highest level and succeed and we wish him all the best for the journey ahead. He celebrates, respects and loves his swim Coach – Ramon Courtiers who drives them daily in the water. Regarding what he is most grateful for he says “FOR MY LIFE, FAMILY AND THE FACT THAT I HAVE A GREAT COACH AND WONDERFUL TEAM MATES”. 

 

Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname CALEB JEFFERSON JOE BASIL BILLINGS
Nick Name “CJ”
Date of birth 13-09-2000
Place of birth JOHANNESBURG – GARDEN CITY CLINIC
Current City JOHANNESBURG
Height 1.88
Weight 86KG
Shoe Size 11
Club SUPERFINS
Coach’s Name RAMON COUTRIERS
Out of Country events NONE CURRENTLY – JUST ACCOMPANYING MY BROTHER  TO HIS EVENT THIS YEAR TO THE TRI COLOUR GAMES IN ITALY
Secondary Sports I PLAY CRICKET AS WELL AS TRACK & FIELD AT SCHOOL
Favorite City SWITZERLAND
Favorite Song EMINEM – “LOSE YOURSELF”
Favorite Movie NOT ONE IN PARTICULAR
School & Grade PARKTOWN BOYS HIGH SCHOOL – GRADE 12
Sponsors NONE CURRENTLY
Twitter and Instagram names, facebook name Caleb_cvb_
Community / church projects involved in FAMILY WORSHIP CENTRE – YOUTH GROUP
Parents Names, siblings JEFFERSON & RASHIDA BILLINGS, SISTER – MEGAN (27) AND DANIEL (15)

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?

MY BROTHER DANIEL, ACTUALLY STARTED SWIMMING FIRST SO I DECIDED TO JOIN HIM.

Q: Who are you? Describe yourself as a person.

I AM A VERY FUNNY HARDWORKING PERSON.  IN FUTURE I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE ON BEING A HARD WORKER TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL.

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

I THINK IT WOULD BE MY MOTHER ARRANGING FOR ME AND MY BROTHER TO GET FULL SCHOLARSHIPS AT  PARKTOWN BOYS HIGH SCHOOL IN 2017 DUE TO OUR SWIMMING ACHIEVEMENTS.

Q: You have participated in the OR Tambo Soncini  Social Cohesion Games IN 2017.  Congratulations. What is on your mind regarding the preparation lying ahead till the final team is selected?

THE FINAL TEAM HAVE BEEN SELECTED AND I HAVE NOT BEEN CHOSEN, THIS IS JUST A BOOST TO ME NOW TO WORK EXTRA HARDER.

Q: Why do you have so much respect for your coach?

I HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR MY COACH BECAUSE HE HAS HELPED ME REACH MY GOALS AND IS STILL HELPING ME TO REACH MY FUTURE GOALS AS A SWIMMER, THEREFORE I HAVE MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT FOR HIM.  HE IS JUST A GREAT COACH AND I WOULD NOT ASK FOR ANY OTHER COACH.

Q: So, you are a brilliant swimmer and academic – but name 1 thing that you suck at 🙂

I SUCK AT DRAWING, ART IS GENERALLY MY WEAKNESS.

Q: What are you most grateful for in your life at the moment?

FOR MY LIFE, FAMILY AND THE FACT THAT I HAVE A GREAT COACH AND WONDERFUL TEAM MATES.

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

WHY I DO WHAT I DO IS BECAUSE I WANT TO BECOME AN OLYMPIAN AND WIN GOLD IN ALL MY EVENTS.  THE INFLUENCE I SEE MYSELF HAVING ON THE NATION’S YOUTH WOULD BE THAT NO MATTER YOUR BACKGROUND YOU SHOULD ALWAYS WORK HARD AND FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS.

 

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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