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Level 3 & Youth Olympics qualifying event

Deur Steven Ball

Gelaai op 04 Maart 2010

The level 3 age group national competition, taking place next week from the 12th to the 16th of March 2010 forms a key gala for the age groups swimmers in South Africa.

The 2010 leg of this competition will also form an important part of the junior international competition schedule, as this years level 3 competition forms the trials for the Junior Olympics that take place in Singapore later this year.

The junior Olympics is an important stepping stone in the development of our athletes who are aiming fro the 2012 and in particular the 2016 Olympic games. The Junior Olympics will see the best age group athletes in the world competing against one another in a competition across most of the Olympic disciplines.

As for the potential of Tuks Swimmers competing at this prestigious event, we should be well represented. Firstly athletes need to fall within specific age group, with quite a few of our swimmers doing so. As for representation of our program, well we have already heard of the selection of Quinton Delie (Namibia) and Mercedes Milner (Zambia) into their respective countries teams. Both Quinton and Mercedes are scholars of the TuksSwimming Academy at the HPC and the TuksSport High school.

Its now up to the South African swimmers to make their mark. Already Swimming South Africa has already identified potential qualifiers for this event that could represent South Africa. With limited spots on the team being granted to SASCOC and SwimSA by the International Olympic Committee, the south African swimmers and in particular the TuksSwimmers will have to step up and perform at the level 3 championships.

So we will be carefully watching the likes of Pierre Keune, Nico Meyer, Natasha De Vos, Suanne De Wet and Dirk Lamprechts to join Quinton and Mercedes on the flight to Singapore. Within this group of swimmers most are presently or have come through the TuksSwimming Academy program run in conjunction by TuksSport clubs and the High Performance center (HPC). Pierre completed matric last year at the TuksSport High School, with Nico, Natasha, Quinton and Mercedes presently in the academy program.

On a note, no lesser than the youth Olympics, level 3 will also be an opportunity for our top junior swimmers to race against the best junior swimmers in the country. Here our swimmers will be aiming for improvements in times, racing to make finals and possibly medals.

Here’s wishing our level 3 swimmers all the best for the 5 hard days of racing in East London. All the best guys! So watch this space as we keep you up-to-date with our swimmers performances.


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