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Four Tuks swimmers off to Rome

By Steven Ball

Posted on 24 May 2009

The strong culture of swimming at Tuks, aided by the facilities and services on offer of the High Performance Centre, has seen 4 of the clubs swimmers book their tickets on the plane to Rome for the Fina World Swimming Championships in July.

The strong culture of swimming at Tuks, aided by the facilities and services on offer of the High Performance Centre, has seen 4 of the clubs swimmers book their tickets on the plane to Rome for the Fina World Swimming Championships in July.

Spearheaded by 3 time Olympic Medallist and former World Record Holder Roland Schoeman, the quartet is made up of William Diering, Schoeman, Darren Murray and Thabang Moeketsana.

"As TuksSwimming we are extremely proud of our swimmers whom have been selected onto the South African swimming team for the FINA World Aquatic Championships, in Rome. It just goes to show that the hard work and planning is paying off. For a youngster 
such as Darren, who is still in our HPC academy school, to make it onto the team is a phenomenal achievement. Darren is blessed with enormous talent and this opportunity will be a vital learning curve for him and a great experience. We look forward to great success by our guys at the championships and are extremely proud of them." Said Tuks Swimming Manager and Coach, Steven Ball.

The trip to Rome will be a first for Darren. Although he represented South Africa at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune in October last year and again at the African Championships in December, Rome will be a first at Senior level. Darren did not make the qualifying time for the 200m backstroke, the event he was selected for, but Swim South Africa have seen the enourmous talent that lies in him and feel that giving him a opportunity to compete at a Senior World Championships will be great preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games.

William is already a wily campaigner and shows maturity beyond his years. As one observer said, “if your life depended on it, I would ask William to swim for it. There is no nonsense about him. He gets to the pool, warms up, does the job and just gets on with things.”

Hopefully he will never be put into that kind of situation, but it shows that even outside observers have seen his talent and fighting spirit. William is no stranger to top-flight competition having swum at World Championships, World Short Course Championships and of course the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The three, Diering, Moeketsana and Murray, especially Murray, will take great comfort of knowing that Roland Schoeman is in “their” team as a Tuks member. Schoeman brings with him pedigree, Olympic Medals, World Records and an incredibly fierce fighting attitude and strong self. Who better to have in your camp?

SA SWIMMING TEAM: (Tuks Swimmers in Bold)
MEN:
Jean Basson CGA 200m & 400m freestyle William Diering NTS 200m breaststroke George du Rand NTS 100m and 200m backstroke Lyndon Ferns NTS 50m & 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly Chad le Clos KZNA 400m individual medley Thabang Moeketsane CGA 50m & 100m breaststroke Graeme Moore CGA 50m butterfly Darren Murray NTS 200m backstroke Sebastien Rousseau WPA 200m butterfly Riaan Schoeman KZNA 200m & 400m individual medley Roland Schoeman NTS 50m & 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly Darian Townsend KZNA 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley Cameron van der Burgh NTS 50m & 100m breaststroke Charl van Zyl KZNA 50m backstroke Jasper Venter KZNA 200m freestyle Neil Versfeld KZNA 200m breaststroke Gerhard Zandberg NTS 50m backstroke

WOMEN:

Kathryn Meaklim KZNA 200m & 400m individual medley Jessica Pengelly WPA 200m & 400m individual medley Wendy Trott WPA 800m & 1500m freestyle Chanelle van Wyk WPA 50m backstroke.



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