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Meet the Young Athletes – Elijah Dredge

A very young athlete with a big heart and a bigger vision for the future is Elijah Dredge. Proving that it is never to early to follow your passion and work hard to achieve your dreams. With Elijah it can indeed be said – you can’t measure heart! He is brilliant at Life Saving and Swimming where he has enjoyed many victories. Well done Elijah, and we look forward to seeing you on the word’s top arenas as you go from strength to strength.

Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Elijah Dredge
Nick Name Lij
Date of birth 18 August 2005
Place of birth Pretoria
Current City Pretoria
Height 1.65m
Weight 52kg
Shoe Size 9
Club Pretoria Aquatic Club
Coach’s Name Leon Anderson
Secondary Sport/ sports Lifesaving, hockey, soccer
Favorite City Edinburgh
Favorite Song/ type of music Sounds of silence- Disturbed
Favorite Movie Fantastic Four
School & Grade Woodhill College Grade 6
(Twitter and Instagram names, Facebook name) Elijahdredge1

Q: At what age did you start Swimming and why?

Ever since I could walk, I have always loved being in the water.

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

I would like to take my swimming career as far as I can and see where it takes me.

Q: Would you like to share some highlights about your Sports career so far?

Being selected for the Gauteng schools team and numerous NTS teams has been a great experience. I started doing lifesaving competitively at 10 and was able to set all the South African records in my age group for all my events at Nationals. Was awarded Junior Victor and Best overall nipper for Gauteng North for 2 consecutive years.

Q: Tell me a little bit about your home and school life?

I have a big family, ( Mom, Dad, 4 sisters and I) and all of my sisters have previously or are currently busy swimming or doing lifesaving competitively so our life is pretty busy with training and gala’s. We try take regular breaks to the beach as this is definitely our happy place and it’s a little less busy there than the busy life we lead at home.

Q: What is your big dream in life  🙂

To swim at the Olympics

Q: I know you are brilliant athlete – but name the one thing that you suck at J?


Q: Why is it important to try and excel at academics at school?

You always need a good education, you need a back-up plan in case you get injured.

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

Pasta – Mom or myself (I love being in the kitchen)

Q: Who is your sport hero?  What have you learned from him / her?

Usain Bolt, he never gave up and he has gone on to achieve great things.

Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

I would rather choke on greatness than chew on mediocrity

Q: What is your favourite Bible Verse?

Jeremiah 29:11

Q: At this point and time – what are you most grateful for in your life?

My swimming talent and being healthy and able to train

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

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