BFN swimmers to represent SA in Bulawayo

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MORGAN PIEK

The City of Roses will see two of its youngsters continue its fine swimming tradition when they represent South Africa at the Africa Union Sport Council Region 5 Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe next month.

Zane Waddell of Grey College, who swims for Bloemfontein Seals Swimming Club, has been making quite a splash in the pool this year and has been selected to represent South Africa for the very first time.

The Grade 11 pupil from Grey College is already on the radar of Graham Hill, coach of South African swimming great, Chad le Clos, for the 2016 Rio Games.

While the back-stroke swimmer is excited to represent South Africa for the first time, he told Courant that he will be aiming for a personal best time.

"It’s my first time representing a national team, so I’m excited.

"I will be aiming for a personal best, so hopefully there will be a medal or two in there as well."

The 17-year-old was unable to say exactly what event he will be competing in as they will only be told on the day what they will be taking part in.

Eben Vorster of Sentraal High School, who swims for Otters, will be joining Waddell for the trip up north.

This will be the longer distance swimmer’s second time representing South Africa after competing in the national colours in Zambia last year. Vorster said his previous trip was fun and he is looking forward to next month’s trip.

"This is my second time representing South Africa. I went to Zambia last year for the youth games, and it was quite nice," he told Courant.

"I just want to see how close I can get to my PBs (personal bests) that I swam at level three and at senior nationals.

Hopefully I can go a little bit faster, because training has been quite hard. We would like to do our best," said the swimming star who specialises in individual medleys and butterfly.

Waddell and Vorster will be in Bulawayo for the duration of the games which will take place between 5 and 15 December 2014.