He first came to the International Olympic Committee’s attention at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, when he walked away with an impressive five medals.
Armed with his YOG experience, the South African swimming sensation has swum from strength to strength, and we caught up with him again at the London 2012 Olympic Games where he won gold in the 200m butterfly to be crowned Olympic champion.
Now, our journey with Chad has come full circle as, with less than one year to go to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, we can officially announce him as our latest YOG Ambassador.
Speaking about his nomination, the 21-year-old said: ÔÇ£The Youth Olympic Games were a huge stepping stone for me and helped me enormously in preparing for the pressures of my first Olympic Games in London. But more than the sport, the memories and friends that I made will last forever, and I’m excited to be part of the YOG experience once again.ÔÇØ
Chad follows in the footsteps of his inspiration, Michael Phelps, who served as a YOG Ambassador in Singapore in 2010.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿ÔÇ£Michael was always an idol of mine growing up, and he was an inspiration to me going into the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games,ÔÇØ Chad added.
ÔÇ£To be that source of inspiration for a whole new generation of athletes preparing for Nanjing 2014 is truly an honour.ÔÇØ