09 July 2018 Read: 223
Limpopo has long been known for its top class swimmers which have in the past included Olympians Lyndon Ferns from Polokwane, Karin Prinsloo from Marble Hall and Ryan Coetzee from Phalaborwa.
Currently there is a host of new, young talent from Tzaneen who are set to make big waves in national and international pools in the not so distant future. Limpopo coaches Dougie Eagar, Awie Hattingh and Johan Grobbelaar hosted the first of a monthly High Performance Squad training clinic two weekends ago at the indoor swimming facility at Ben Vorster High School. Their sole purpose behind these clinics is the improvement of the quality of swimmers within Limpopo going forward.
The squads are divided into three groups namely, the Senior Elite group (swimmers who qualified and swam at Senior Nationals Level), the Junior Elite squad (swimmers who qualified and swam at Junior Nationals) and the Upcoming Elite squad (swimmers who qualified and participated at Level 3 Championships).
The clinic in Tzaneen was for the Senior and Junior Elite squads and two local swimmers were selected to participate, namely Ruan Hanneczeck-Kruger (Senior) and James Joubert (Junior) both from Shamu Swimming Club.
The format of this clinic was coaches (tandem) analysis of each swimmer and each stroke providing the swimmer with feedback they are then to discuss with their specific coach. There was a talk on nutrition to further assist swimmers who attended. Each swimmer was sponsored with a cap indicating which group they were swimming for and a training snorkel.