The last two weeks have seen quality swimming happening around the country, as first the Telkom SA Level 3 Championships, and then the Telkom SA Level 2 Regional Championships were held. It seems that especially at the Level 2 competition in the 11-year age category, the foundation for the future is being laid.
Now the competition takes it a step further and from Saturday 27 March to Monday 29 March, the Telkom SA Level 1 Regional Championships will be featured in Oudtshoorn, Sasolburg and Bloemfontein.
For many swimmers this will be the first taste of regional competition. In total 1055 young swimmers will be splashing out over the three days, with the biggest group in Sasolburg (447). Oudtshoorn caters for 402 swimmers and Bloemfontein boasts 206 swimmers.
The Level 1 Swimming Competition opens the door for those swimmers who have only recently started to develop their talent in the pool and will quickly show which of these young athletes have the ability to make it to Level 2, 3 and eventually to the national championships, which means it is the true breeding ground for the long term future of swimming in South Africa. If the question is asked about the development of swimming in South Africa, the Level 1 Competition is the answer.
Level 1 and the Learn to Swim programme will be the source of the next Ryk Neethling, Roland Schoeman, Cameron Van Den Burgh, Penny Heyns or Thabang Moeketsane.
The NA Smith Swimming Pool in Oudtshoorn, the Stadium Swimming Pool in Bloemfontein and the Penny Heyns Swimming Pool in Sasolburg will see our future stars take to the water. All these regions have in the past delivered strong performances and three days from 27-29 March will prove no different. Heats session will begin from 8.30am with the finals starting at 5pm at the three venues daily.