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Report Back – Cayde de Waal Gauteng Biathle Championships 2016

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Congratulations to this young champ at his wonderful results at Gauteng Biathle Championships 2016. Watch this space as we will be reporting back on his stellar performance at the 2016 South African Biathle/Triathle/Laser-Run  Championships in Bela-Bela last weekend.

Further reading on Cayde:

Meet the Young Athletes: Cayde de Waal

Report Back – Cayde de Waal

 

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Name & Surname Cayde de Waal
Name of Meet Gauteng Biathle Championships 2016
Date of Meet 7 May 2016
City and Country Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa
Names of Events participated in? Youth C Boys Biathle
Names of medals/ awards  Gold Medal – Youth C Boys
Highlights of the event? My highlight was coming from behind after my little mistake in the transition which left me about 25m behind in the swimming leg, and still winning the race.
Lessons learned from the event? I learnt that you must always take an extra split second to make sure of your actions.

During my transition I threw my shoe into the basket and dove into the pool, not noticing that my shoe hit my other shoe and landed out the basket. Luckily I was called back to put it back into the basket and wasn’t disqualified, but it cost me valuable time.

General observations and vibe of the meet? There was a great turn out, the biggest for a Gauteng Biathle Championship event. There were close to 160 athletes taking part.
What/Who motivated you throughout the champs? It was a combination of family support, friends and the crowd in general.
Biggest challenge leading up to / at the meet? Trying to find the right balance between different training programs.
What is happening next for you in sport? The 2016 South African Biathle/Triathle/Laser-Run  Championships in Bela-Bela
Anything Else you want to mention? I will be participating in my first competitive Triathle event at the S.A. championships this year and I’m looking forward to it very much.

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Report Back – Adri Visser – Olympic Trials

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Always inspired by this great athlete Adri Visser, for her wisdom, courage, ability to rise above the odds and faith in our King Jesus. Congratulations Adri on qualifying for Rio Olympics, holding thumbs for your selection on team.

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Q: You did brilliantly at SA Nationals / Olympic Trials 2016, with many podium positions, congrats and qualifying for Rio! It was still one of the toughest, and most important sporting events for a swimmer to attend. Would you like to share what is on your heart and mind regarding that champs and how you experienced it?

Wow, this year’s SA Senior Nationals & Paralympic Trials was certainly one for the books that I will never forget; the vibe was really overwhelming and pushed us as swimmers to really go for it.  Yes, it was a tough and very important one but in some way I knew in my heart that I would be able to swim my 50m S5 Butterfly MQS Qualifying time.  On Day 1 I swam a MET 200m I.M SM5 time, a good sign for the weeks swimming remaining.  The biggest blessing of it was that it was a personal best time in the 50m Butterfly of 51.62 with my previous Africa Record being 51.63.  That morning I was so emotional and thankful reaching my goal.    Getting a Gold in 100m Butterfly and Silver in the 50m Butterfly was really the cherry on the cake.

Q: What was your biggest challenge leading up to the Olympic Trials (if any), and how did you manage that challenge?

In the beginning I was concerned about my responsibilities as a honors student at the NWU Pukke, that I needed to prioritize everything so that nothing would fall behind or be neglected but quickly I found it not to be a problem at all as they were very accommodating and supportive in helping my dream to come true.  We (my brilliant coach Marike and I) worked the swimming sessions around class time so both could be done with 2 swim sessions on some days.  She has really been a pillar of strength for me in this time.

Q: What was your state of mind leading up to it?

I was very positive, believing that I had the ability to swim the time that I needed to qualify but must admit that I got stressed at a point where I just reached out to my friends, my friend Marco kept me grounded in my faith and supported me a 100% as Abie, Ben, Nannette and mom sent me encouragement when needed, they were all so amazing.  My sponsors Die Turke was so supportive too, they make the journey possible.  Marike made me strong by keeping me focused during warm ups & just being there for me.  Mostly I knew that God’s will would be done and that He would give me the strength to be Great*

Q: Why do you have such deep seated respect for your coach/es, support system along your journey?

As many know the journey to reaching your goals is never easy or a walk in the park, it has its ups and downs.  Truth be told.. a swimmer is only as great as what their coach is, all you need to do is swim your heart out, she will work on your strength, endurance, fitness, speed and perfect taper time when you fully trust and follow the programs to the best of your ability.  But it’s so much more than that, it’s having each other’s backs and setting goals together and meeting each other more than half way, encouragement when tired and a pat on the shoulder when doing well.  I’ve been swimming my best times ever and know that it would not have been possible without my coach Marike van Oort.

Q: What would your advice be to young teenage girls who are on this difficult and much challenged journey of swimming?

Don’t look at the difficulty or challenges of your journey, rather embrace your passion for your swimming, enjoy every moment during racing and training and most importantly is to stay humble when you reach the top.  No swimmer is strong on their own so trust your coach and lean on your friends & family in all that you do.

Q: Lessons learned/ notes to self so far on your swimming journey in general?

Positivity is the key to success and it’s not about how many times you fall but rather how many times about how fast you stand up.  Learn to except that there are things beyond your control and go the way God guides you to go.

Q: What is in the immediate pipeline for your swimming and academic careers?

I’m hoping to make the Rio 2016 Paralympic SA Team; I’m training really hard for it.  Being able to represent SA at such a level as I did in Beijing will really be a highlight in my career, I’m hoping to swim some more personal best times there.  Academically completing my honors degree next year and see where God takes me after that.  Perhaps doing more Motivation Talks would be fantastic!!

Q: Anything else you would like to share?

Swimming isn’t all about a Gold medal or fast time, it’s about feeling so alive and free when swimming that time and getting that splits and ranking down, it’s there where you except who you are and you feel like you and the water become one.  When trying your best and you don’t win that race, you’re a true champion when you congratulate your victor and being satisfied with who you are…

 

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Report Back – Yuvish Premlall – Cana Zone 4 – Africa Championships 2016

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Brilliant and balanced is young swimmer Yuvish Premlall. A shout out to ANY company, institution of learning or high performance centre: Let us support our young athletes and help them shine and reach their full potential by offering them sponsporships and assistance of any nature from a young age. Respecting and celebrating their JOURNEY of hard work.

Further reading on this young man – http://heslopsports.co.za/wp/yuvish-premlall/

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Meet / Championships Report Back

Name & Surname Yuvish Premlall
Name of Meet Cana Zone 4 – Africa Championships 2016
Date of Meet 20-23 April 2016
City and Country Port Louis, Mauritius
Names of various Events participated in? SA Level 3 Nationals, Regionals & S A Schools
Names of medals/ awards received for which events? Bronze medal 200m fly 15-17 age group.
Highlights of the event? That awesome feeling on the podium when your name is announced representing South Africa during the awards process.

Interacting with Olympians from other African Countries.

Lessons learned from the event? South Africa has a very strong and enthusiastic swimming base amongst the youth.

The nerves we have at big events is also common amongst the Olympians, it’s how we learn to manage them that’s important.

General observations and vibe of the meet? The meet was truly spectacular. Overall there was a buzz of positivity and motivation from my colleagues to new acquaintances.

As the gala progressed we all became like one big family, this for me was very comforting especially being away from home.

What/ who / motivated you throughout the meet / champs? My friends Fadhil and Nabil Saleh, Brady Samuels, Taahir Essof, Kurt Rautenbach, Ryan Chandler & Jacques Malan.

The Olympians Igor Mogne, Mario and Pedro Pinotes shared valuable advice.

Most importantly – the daily telephonic support I received from my family in South Africa.

Biggest challenge leading up to / at the meet? (if any) I turned 15 the month before this gala.

Having to race in the 15-6 age group for most events, in some cases 15-17 and even open-division. Most entrants were a good two years older than me.

In the open division 800m free I swam against Olympians and still managed to finish 7th overall.

Swimming in the bigger age group was in some ways disheartening, (like not always receiving a medal), yet in more ways than one very inspirational.

Anything Else you want to mention This international event has given me an open eye view of the bigger picture. I am now more confident than ever before and remain committed to my vision.

 

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Further reading on this young man – http://heslopsports.co.za/wp/yuvish-premlall/

 

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Report Back – Rynardt Van Rensburg – Shanghai Diamond League

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Rynardt, a man who knows his grind. When asked about lessons learned – he says “Never doubt yourself”.

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Meet / Championships Report Back

Name & Surname Rynardt Van Rensburg
Name of Meet Shanghai Diamond League
Date of Meet 14 May 2016
City and Country Shanghai China
Names of various Events participated in? Shanghai Diamond League 14 May

Hengelo World Challenge 22 May

Names of medals/ awards received for which events? Shanghai – 7th 1,46.6

Hengelo – 4th 1,47.03

Highlights of the event? Running against 800m World Record holder David Rudisha
Lessons learned from the event? Never doubt yourself.
General observations and vibe of the meet? About 30 000 people, what an amazing vibe.
Biggest challenge leading up to / at the meet? (if any) Traveling , being in a plane totals 17 hours inside a week of running.
What happens next for you in the sports arena? African Athletic Champs 22 – 26 June

Europe meetings 28 June – 15 July

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Report Back – Zane Waddell – Olympic Trials 2016

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Q: You made such a wonderful statement recently, you said “2020 is ours baby” ☺ What causes this fire and determination burning within you?

After competing at Nationals and seeing how quick Christopher Reid and Chad swam, inspired me to work hard for the next four years to absolutely smash 2020 Olympics.

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Q: You did brilliantly at SA Nationals / Olympic trials the with many podium positions, congrats! It was still one of the toughest and most important sporting events for a swimmer to attend. Would you like to share what is on your heart and mind and how you experienced it?

It is definitely one of the most stressful meets any athlete can compete in on a national level. I think the best way I can say this is that I had to force myself to take it one step at a time.

Q: What was your biggest challenge leading up to these champs (if any)? and how did you manage that challenge?

My biggest challenge was to keep training hard in the last few weeks of tough training before taper time, and the only way I got through that was through the support of my coach, Simon Gray and my parents.

Q: What was your state of mind leading up to it?

I was unusually calm going into nationals but I got nervous when it got to race time, I’ll probably find a way to deal with that as I grow more mature.

Q: Why do you have such deep seated respect for your coach/es and support system along your journey?

Swimming at this level is a team sport, despite what people say. Your team consists of your coach, physio, parents and friends. You’ve got to treat this team the same way you would treat your rugby/hockey team. If you are willing to give your all for them, they’ll give their all for you.

Q: Lessons learned/ notes to self so far on your swimming journey in general?

Stay strong and take it one day at a time, with the bigger picture in the foreground.

Q: I have a beautiful image of you on your knees next to your block at Olympic trials. Your comments on this?

I wasn’t intending on that moment getting caught but I think is a beautiful picture and I love what it represents. You find power when you are standing, but courage on your knees.

Q: You are off to the US soon, how is your excitement levels?

☺ I am looking forward to start training in the US with the University Of Alabama. My excitement is through the roof!!

Q: Anything else you would like to share?

God Bless and Roll Tide!

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Report Back: Carissa van Rooyen – SA Nationals and Olympic Trials 2016

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Carissa shares on the valuable experiences, lessons learned, mind set at the time of these 2 big meets,. These are so important to store and look back on  for the journey forward. Well done Carissa proud of you!

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Meet / Championships Report Back

Name & Surname Carissa van Rooyen
Name of Meet SA Nationals and Olympic Trials/ SA Level 3 Nationals
Date of Meet April 2016/ March 2016
City and Country Durban, South Africa/ Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Names of various Events participated in? Main events:

SA Level 3 Nationals (March 2016)

50m, 100m and 200m backstroke

50m and 100m Freestyle

50m Butterfly

SA Nationals and Olympic Trials (April 2016)

50m, 100m and 200m backstroke

50m and 100m Freestyle

4 X 100m Medley Relay – Woman – Central Gauteng A team

Names of medals/ awards received for which events? SA Nationals and Olympic Trials:

Gold – 50m backstroke – Woman – National Champion

Bronze – 100m backstroke – Elite Youth

4th place overall – 100m backstroke – Woman

11th place overall – 200m backstroke – Woman

Silver – 4 X 100m Medley Relay – Woman – Central Gauteng A team.

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2 X Individual Gold (50m and 100m backstroke)

2 X Individual Silver )50m freestyle and 200m backstroke)

4th place – 50m fly

5th place – 100m

Highlights of the event? SA Nationals and Olympic Trials

This was my 1st SA Nationals and on top of it the Olympic Trials. Both these occurrences at the same time were extraordinary. My initiation as a first year was definitely a highlight. Witnessing history being made completely blew me away and living the disappointment of those who did not qualify was draining yet motivational.

I don’t think much will top when I won the 50m backstroke event and being a National Champion at age 13. In more ways than one this gala completely changed my perspective towards swimming and a new found respect developed for the sport.

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I have not had two seasons of good training and having had a better training season in the 2015/ 2016 season helped me to look forward to doing better at this gala. A great highlight was meeting Olivia Nel. She woke us up and it was great racing against her. Another great highlight was to realise that you are as  good as your last swim and that we have excellent competition and swimmers in South Africa.

My 50m Free and Fly events stood out for me as I shocked myself when I completed the swims. I was very happy with the times I swam.

Lessons learned from the event? SA Nationals and Olympic Trials

I learned at this event how to deal with great stress and that I can be as good as I allow myself to be. I also learnt that the body only goes as far as the mind pushes it.

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There is a BIG difference between racing fast vs hard. I nearly lost the 100m backstroke because I swam too hard in wanting to achieve my goal time. I also learned the discipline in swimming tactically – time should not always be an objective but knowing your competitor is very important.

General observations and vibe of the meet? SA Nationals and Olympic Trials

This gala was amazing. The stress, the emotions, the competition – wow, what an experience.

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The focus and discipline of all the swimmers was great. Here you competed against your age group peers and you got a clear understanding of where you stand .

What/ who / motivated you throughout the meet / champs? SA Nationals and Olympic Trials

My main motivation here was to see how hard I can push myself but to have fun and enjoy the experience. The swimmers who qualified for the Olympics was also a great motivation.

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My motivation for this gala was to see if I can improve my best strokes and hopefully surprise myself with strokes that I don’t focus on.

Biggest challenge leading up to / at the meet? SA Nationals and Olympic Trials

To see if I can make a semi-final or even a final.

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I broke my finger  a few weeks before level 3 and it was an obstacle that I had to overcome leading up to levels  and I was worried that it would affect my racing.

Anything Else you want to mention I just want to congratulate everyone who participated in both galas. I want to thank everyone for their support especially my mom who was 100% behind me throughout the whole gala. I don’t think I would’ve done what I achieved without her and I am truly grateful for her presence and support in my life. Also a big thank you to you Cresi for this opportunity to discuss the galas.

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Report Back – Duné Coetzee – Level 3 and Senior Nationals (SANAT) 2016

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Dune report backIt is so wonderful to follow the heart felt and passionate experiences of our young athletes on their long journey to the top. Well done Dune on your brilliant performances despite many challenges.

 

 

Meet / Championships Report Back

Name & Surname Duné Coetzee
Name of Meet Level 3 and Senior Nationals (SANAT) 2016
Date of Meet 18 March and 10 April
City and Country Port Elizabeth and Durban
Names of various Events participated in? 100 Free

200 Free

400 Free

50 Fly

100 Fly

200 Fly

(Names of medals/ awards received for which events?) 100 Free:

Bronze at Level 3

New NTS record

Equaled the previous SA Record for girls 13 years old that were held by Erin Galagher at the start of the season

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Silver at Level 3

New NTS record

Broke the previous SA Record for girls 13 years old that were held by Nicola Stanley at the start of the season

400 Free

Silver at Level 3

New NTS record

50 Fly

Gold at Level 3

100 Fly

Gold at Level 3

Silver for Elite Youth at SANAT

New NTS record

Broke the previous SA Record for girls 13 years old that were held by Christy Lategan at the start of the season

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Gold at Level 3 and Finals at SNAT

New NTS record

Highlights of the event? Level 3

My highlight for the event came in the 100 freestyle where I managed to swim a 100 meters under a minute for the first in my life! It was a tightly contested race where I got out touched into 3rd spot by Rebecca Meder. Olivia Nel came through strongly in this event and set a new South African Age Group (NAG) record. My time of 59.14 would have equaled the NAG record at the start of season). Rebecca however broke this record during the season and as mentioned, Olivia took it down even more.

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I fell sick on the first day of the event. Thankfully it was after my preliminaries for 100 Fly in the morning. I managed to set a new NAG record in the morning and in the process qualified for the semi-finals in the evening. This swim also earned me a silver medal in the Elite Youth category of the competition. I became ill during the day and in the semifinals that evening I still managed to qualify for the finals with a time that would have again broken the old NAG record. Unfortunately I had to withdraw from the finals the following evening.

Lessons learned from the event? Level 3

After my 200 Fly I was incorrectly selected for a drug test (They were supposed to select an 18 year old). I had to swim the 200 Free a couple of events later and got completely distracted by the process and the official following me around until after I raced the 200 free. I was totally unprepared for the questions with regards of the type of medication, vitamins etc that I had taken in the week leading up to the event. Next time I will have all this prepared and will know how to handle the drug testing process better.

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As mentioned I became sick during the event. I got to know what it is to handle the disappointment of being in the best shape I could be in but not being able to race at my best because of circumstances outside of my control.

General observations and vibe of the meet? Level 3

The same as last year – this was an amazing event for me and the vibe was again exhilarating!

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IT WAS THE OLYMPIC TRIALS!! What more can I say!! It was such a brilliant experience! I can’t wait for the next one 🙂

What/ who / motivated you throughout the meet / champs? At both events I had tremendous support from my coach and my parents. I tried to focus on my goals which kept on motivating me to perform at my best!
Biggest challenge leading up to / at the meet? Level 3

The drug testing process as mentioned

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Falling sick during the event and trying to recover and race for the rest of the event. It is hard to work so hard for an event and then not being able to do what you came for.

Anything Else you want to mention Can’t wait for the next season!!

 

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Report Back – Duné Coetzee – Junior African Championships

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Well done and congratulations to Duné Coetzee on your wonderful swims at the Junior African Championships recently. You and the entire Junior Team of  swimmers  have made SA proud and proved yourselves as brilliant champions. Dune this was your first time proudly wearing our Green and Gold – an honour indeed! All the best blessings on the journey ahead.

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Interview: Duné Coetzee

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Name & Surname Duné Coetzee
Name of Meet Junior African Championships
Date of Meet 17 – 20 October 2015
City and Country Cairo, Egypt
Names of various Events participated in? 100 Fly

50 Fly

100 Free

200 Free

4 x 100 Free relay

4 x 100 Medley relay

4 x 100 Medley mixed relay

4 x 100 Free relay

Medals/Awards received for which events? 100 Fly – Gold (New NTS record for my province)

50 Fly – Silver

100 Free – Silver

200 Free – Silver

4 x 100 Free relay – Gold (New championship record)

4 x 100 Medley relay – Gold (New championship record)

4 x 100 Mixed Medley relay – Gold

4 x 100 Mixed Free relay – Silver

Highlights of the event? Winning the 400 meter Free and 400 meter Medley relays in new Junior Africa Championship records with my team. It was a true honor to compete with Carissa van Rooyen, Hanim Abrahams and Rebecca Meder in these two events. I feel like I have made new friends whom I look forward to see again at Level 3 and Nationals next year! This includes the rest of the team members who traveled to Cairo. Suddenly we all know each other whereas previously we only knew off each other.
Lessons learned from the event? This was my first international event and I learned a lot as everything was new. Some of the highlights include:

How to compete without the advice from my coach Linda but instead the SA coaches who doesn’t know me so well. I have to figure out how to internalize their observations and advice so that it assists me to perform optimally.

You need to control your diet. You get all these nice things in the hotel which you don’t normally eat. I fell into the trap of eating too much food that doesn’t necessarily fit my diet. Although I knew I should look out for this the new experience was overwhelming and I didn’t attend to it as strict as I should have.

From a competing perspective I learned that I have a lot of work to do on some of the more technical aspects of racing. At this level you really need to be on top of your game in every aspect to take home a gold medal. This is something my coach and I have already actively started working on.

I also learned how to function in a team – which sadly is something we don’t often get to do and which was a very rewarding aspect of the entire trip.

General observations and  vibe of the meet? The meet was well organized and it was a very positive experience. It is something very special when you are fortunate enough to medal. If you are really lucky and manage to be on the winner’s podium you get to hear your country’s anthem play, which adds to the incredible feeling of achievement.
What/Who motivated you throughout the champs? As mentioned my coach, Linda de Jager, was not at the meet and it was something to get used to not having her there to motivate me and give me advice. Therefore I drew a lot of motivation from all the SA team coaches at the meet.

Things also didn’t go all my way and I prayed a lot for help and guidance which I received plenty of.

Anything Else you want to mention I am very blessed to have been selected to represent South Africa at this event. I believe that I have competed to the best of my ability and will work even harder to hopefully be selected in future again to represent South Africa. There is not much in my life that has felt better than this!

Interview: Duné Coetzee

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Report back – Myles Brown – Kazan and Brazzaville

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Congratulations and well done to Myles Brown on his wonderful swims at Fina World Champs in Kazan and African Games in Brazzaville. You have made SA super proud!

Also congratulations on being published in this wonderful inspirational book: “A Message of Hope“, by Karien Basson.

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Interview: Devon Myles Brown

Fina World Championships Kazan – Report Back

Name & Surname Myles Brown
Name of Meet Fina World Championships Kazan
Date of Meet 05-16th August
City and Country Kazan, Russia
Names of various Events participated in? 400m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, and the 800m Freestyle
Highlights of the event? Swimming in the 200m Semifinal. It was the fastest semifinal and final in the history of the 200m freestyle event so to finish 10th in the world isn’t so bad…
Lessons learned from the event? Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and its important to move on from disappointments and do everything you can to put it behind you and focus on the next race…although that is easier said than done!
General observations and  vibe of the meet? Russia is very passionate about their swimming and they have some amazing swimmers so there was great support from the crowd which is always great to see and experience
What / who motivated you throughout the champs? Just to swim against the best in the world and representing your country is amazing so you always want to do your best. It was great to race the world’s best swimmers

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11th African Games Brazzaville – Report Back

Name & Surname Myles Brown
Name of Meet 11th Africa Games
Date of Meet 02-19 September
City and Country Brazzaville, Congo
Names of various Events participated in? 200m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle, 4x200m Freestyle Relay, 200m Butterfly and the 200 Individual Medley
Names of medals received for which events? 200m Freestyle Gold-Championship Record

800m Freestyle Bronze

4x200m Freestyle Relay Gold- Championship Record

400m Freestyle Silver

200m Butterfly Silver

200m Individual Medley Gold

Highlights of the event? I really enjoyed swimming some different events for a change so it was fun to see how I would do. My times were pretty solid so I had a good week of racing.
Lessons learned from the event? Always have fun when racing. That doesn’t necessarily mean take it easy but still race hard and swim fast but enjoy the competition. There was a great vibe with the South African team which made the racing a lot more exciting and enjoyable.
General observations and  vibe of the meet? There was a pretty good vibe during the meet especially between the South African team, it was a fairly young team and everyone seemed to have a good time and the support within the team was great which is really exciting to see.
What / who motivated you throughout the champs? Its always an honor to win a medal for your country and to win one at the African Games and being crowned African champion is something special so I think trying to win medals for your country is motivation enough.

Interview: Devon Myles Brown

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Report back – Karin Prinsloo African Games 2015

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Well done and congratulations to Karin Prinsloo on your wonderful swims at the 11th African Games in Brazzaville, Congo recently. You have once again made SA proud and proved yourself as our beloved Queen of the Pool! All the best on the journey ahead!

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Interview: Up-Close with Karin Prinsloo

 

Name & Surname Karin Prinsloo 
Name of Meet 11th African games Congo,Brazzaville
Date of Meet   4-11 September
City and Country Brazzaville – Congo
Names of various Events 50,100,200,400free

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All the relays

Medals/ awards received 6 gold, 5 silver

50,100free and 100,200back – silver

200 and 400free – Gold

Highlights of the event 4×100 medley mix relay – went a 54 in the 100free leg
 
Lessons learned from the event Learnt what works for me and what doesn’t. Back to old school (what I know works for me if that makes sense).
General observations and vibe of the meet Always a fun and interesting experience. Great and relaxing atmosphere.
What / who motivated you throughout the champs? Most of my team mates but especially Douglas Erasmus and Rene Warnes. Also obviously knowing that no matter what the Lord (the Giver) will be satisfied with my performances even when I’m not.
Anything Else you want to mention Just wanted to get as close as possible to my pb’s but unfortunately I was far off them but I’ve learnt a few things and know what the way forward is now at least.

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Interview: Up-Close with Karin Prinsloo

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Karin Brazaville

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