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Fresh & Hungry: Phillip Seidler

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Meet Namibian wunderkind and record breaker and holder Phillip Seidler. He is determined, driven and motivated although he trains solo with his very special Coach Mom! Phillip’s light shines brightly in our African waters and we salute him for his hard work.

He says “The water is my playground. I would like to promote a clean sport and also create awareness how to look after our coastal environment. I want to set a good example to the youth that swimming goes together with discipline, a very hard sport to achieve glories, but with determination anything is possible. Swimming should also be more promoted in schools and teach our children water safety. Unfortunately we have a lot deaths with drowning here in Namibia. Awareness can save a lot of lives”.

Phillip SA National 2016

Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Phillip Seidler
Nick Name Flippy
Date of birth 23/03/1998
Place of birth Windhoek in Namibia
Current City Swakopmund
Height 1,83m
Weight 73kg
Shoe Size 10
Club Dolphins Swimming Club
Coach’s Name Nadja Seidler
Out of Country events CANA 3/4 Maputo, Zone6 Bulawayo, Junior World Champs Singapore

South Africa : SA Age Group Level1,2,3  SA National Aquatic Champs

Secondary Sports Surfing
Favorite City North Shore, Haleiwa Hawaii
Favorite Song/ type of music Black Coast-trndsttr(Lucian Remix)
Favorite Movie Bad Neighbours
School & Grade Namib High School
Tertiary Inst Name/ Year NA
Tertiary degree/ diploma NA
Sponsors No sponsors
Instagram & Facebook Instagram: seidler_phillip Facebook: Phillip Seidler
Web site NA
Community projects involved in Nature conservation – school related
Parents Names, siblings Parents: Helmut and Nadja Seidler     brother: Daniel Seidler

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?

Jetty MileAt the age of 5yrs I fractured my upper arm. My mother took me to the pool for physio. Then her friend June Owen-Smith (well- known coach of Namibia) took me under her supervision and made me swim my first gala with 6 yrs. I enjoyed the challenge and with June it was a great journey. She prepared me from an early age to improve my times and taking part in  SA Age Group Level 1,2 and 3  galas in South Africa. Unfortunately June retired from swimming when I was 12, and then my mom became my coach. She helped me with all her passion for swimming to work myself up on the Namibian swim ladder, breaking several Namibian records such as 400m Free, 800m Free and 1500m Free. With hard work and determination I also took part in international meets such as Zone 4 Youth Games Mozambique, Zone 6 Youth Games Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (winning 2 individual bronze medals) and Junior World Swimming Championship Singapore 2015. In South Africa I enjoyed competing at Pretoria NTS swimming gala, Age Group Level 3 and SA National Aquatic Championships Durban 2015 &2016. With victories in all the long distance events, my mother introduced to me open water swimming (sea swim). Being as well a surfer I made sure nobody knows the ocean better than me and I was the overall Jetty Mile winner for the last three years (triple -crown). This year I started to swim the Midmar Mile 5km event and also qualified and took part in SA National Aquatic OWS in Grabouw. I had very good results and came home with silver medal in my age group and 7th overall. I love the open water and love the distance, so I will take part in more OWS.

Q: You have just blasted it at the South African Nationals recently, wow, congratulations. How did you experience the meeting and the vibe at the meeting? Lessons learned.

For me it was the second time competing at SA Nationals. I was very well prepared and trained hard to achieve my personal goals. The youth medals and the senior bronze medal was for me a bonus, but my aim is always that I swim against my own time. Any new PB is for me an achievement. The vibe of the gala was great, especially watching the finals – the make or break for Rio 2016. I made a lot of friends and it was also great to see my friend Danie Marais, who I’ve met at the OWS events.

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

Taking part at the Junior World Swimming Championship Singapore 2015. Meeting swimmers from all over the world, different cultures and sharing the water was a big highlight. My biggest achievement was the OTB Jetty Mile and taking the triple- crown. This event is also very unpredictable, sometimes we have to swim in big swells or ice cold water.  My latest personal achievement was breaking 6 Namibian records at SA Nationals in Durban in one gala.

Q: Why do you value and respect your coach so much?

My mother is my coach. I respect her, because she helped me to achieve my targets. I also have to respect her, because she always makes it very clear, that she rather would be playing tennis, instead of coaching me at the pool. Don’t have much of a choice?!?

Q: How do you manage to fit in both sports and academics / work into your schedule?

Time Management, discipline and routine are my daily assets.

Q: Besides your ­­­­­­­­swimming what do you have a passion for?

Surfing big waves is my hobby.

Life after swimming

Q: Tell me one thing about yourself that the world does not knowJ?

I am training all on my own. I don’t have any swimming mates who can keep up with my level. We experience a lot of problems with our local swimming pool. The water is not always heated, water quality very poor and our practice ground cannot always be taken for granted. Sometimes we have to make use of the ocean for training.

Q: Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey and how it has affected your life / sports?

Situations, which I cannot manage or handle myself, I will leave in God’s hands. It feels good to know I am not alone.

Q: Favorite Bible verse?

I will walk by faith, even I cannot see – 2 Corinthians S: 7

Q: What do you do to relax?

Surfing, listening to music and watching you-tube

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

The water is my playground. I would like to promote a clean sport and also create awareness how to look after our coastal environment. I want to set a good example to the youth that swimming goes together with discipline, a very hard sport to achieve glories, but with determination anything is possible. Swimming should also be more promoted in schools and teach our children water safety. Unfortunately we have a lot deaths with drowning here in Namibia. Awareness can save a lot of lives.

Q: What is your personal favorite motivational quote?

My mother always says: “if you don’t try, you don’t know” and the last one before the race “Fast waters”

Q: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

My biggest challenge is to start competing in 10km OWS races. To achieve my goal, I will train very hard, long mileage and keep disciplined.

Q: Anything else you would like to share?

I would like to say a big thank you to all people in Namibia, who have supported and assisted me during my journey of swimming. I know that I have a great team behind me and I am always so happy if I come home to share my victories. Proud to be Namibian.

SA National OWS 2016

After race

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!

NB – All images were supplied by the athlete to Heslop Sports. If there are any images that are not credited correctly, please email info@heslopsports.co.za with the details and we will gladly do so immediately.

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Up-Close with Daniela Lindemeier

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Namibian swim sensation, Daniela Lindemeier is a dedicated and humble athlete working daily towards her dream for Rio Olympics 2016. With many accolades behind her name like Junior Sports Woman of the year 2010, multiple Namibian record holder and medalist who just recently took her country’s first medal at the African Games in Brazzaville, in Bronze for her breaststroke.

She comes across shy if you do not know her and is one who stands firm for what she believes in. A little bit of a perfectionist, but that usually goes with determination, self- discipline and ultimately success in life. She says about herself, “If I decide to do something I will give 100%. I am a Christian and always believe that at the end of the day you can only be the best you can be, give everything 100%, the rest is in God’s hands.

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Name & Surname Daniela Lindemeier 
Nick name Dani
Date of Birth 3 July 1992
Place of Birth Windhoek (Namibia)
Current City Windhoek
Height 1.59m
Weight 53kg
Shoe size 5
Club Namib Swim Academy
Coach’s Ryan Skinner
Biokenetics and Gym coach Stephan Ackerman
Out of Country events Various World Championships

All Africa Games (2011 Maputo & 2015 Brazzaville)

Under 21 Games Zone6,

Cana Zone 3&4

Favorite City Hamburg
Favorite Song/type of music No particular type – listen to all types of music
Favorite Movie / Series One tree Hill & Pretty Little Liars

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INTERVIEW:

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

My mom took me to swimming lessons (water safety first) as a child as I always loved the water. When at the beach or any big bodies of water I used to run towards. My uncle used to be a swimmer from a young age I looked up to him and I would like to achieve what he has one day.

Q: What is the highest accolade you have received in swimming and what is your personal greatest accomplishment? 

The Commonwealth Youth Games in 2008 (Pune) making two finals in the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Personally having qualified for the World Championships in Russia, making the Fina B World Championship qualification times in the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Q: Do you have any specific regimens or rituals?

I wouldn’t say dieting, eating healthy.  The night before I race I love to have pasta.

At a meet from the point of getting out of the car I always have earphones in listening to music till I race. I am very quiet at meets I usually only talk to my mom or my coach.

Q: You have traveled outside Namibia before, where did you go and how did you experience it? 

It’s always a great experience I always learn something new seeing big name international swimmers race, there’s always something to learn. Outside the swimming arena it’s always great to experience different cultures.

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Q: How do you fit in both sports and academics into your schedule? 

Right now I am not studying,  taking a break/gap, proceeding in 2017. Right now in between training I am working as a Lean to swim coach.

Q: Besides your swimming what do you have passion for? 

Animals, I especially love dogs. Seeing animals that are not being looked after is the worst to me. I try and help where I can. We have two dogs and a cat at home. The one dog who is mine I adopted her from the SPCA, she has the sweetest character.

Q: Tell me one thing about yourself that the world does not know about you? 

I am terrified of dying by drowning.

Q: What do you do to relax? 

Talking to friends, catching up. Watching series and shopping.

Q: What athlete inspires you? 

Rebecca Soni – the first woman to ever go under 2min20sec for 200m breaststroke long course and wining Gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in the 200m breaststroke.

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Q: What is your personal favorite quote? 

“They can’t measure heart, Any of it, Heart, Want, Need. You cannot measure a Dream!”

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? 

Never give up. God wouldn’t put you in a position you cannot handle.

Q: What is your biggest challenge and what do u do to manage this challenge? 

My biggest challenge would be mentally. Not to overthink stress before racing at a big meet. Staying positive and believing.

Q: When you had a tough day, what lifts you up again? 

My dog always seems to be able to put a smile on my face.

Q: What is to be expected next from you? 

I am taking part at the All African Games in Congo.

Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. Blessings!

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