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Stars of the future shine at championships

The two glamour sports at the Olympic Games are undoubtedly swimming and athletics, and swimming is clearly in good hands if the last four days of competition at the Telkom SA National Level 2 Regional Championships are anything to go by.

The championships were held simultaneously in PE, Durban and Germiston and of particular interest to Swimming South Africa has been the Under-11 age group as that is where the stars for 2016 and 2020 will be coming from.

Some of the stars in Germiston were the likes of Neil Fair from Centurion Swimming Club in the 13 age group. Neil won Gold in the 200m Backstroke, 400m freestyle and 200m IM, whilst 11-year-old Ude Fuchs from the Progress Swimming Academy pocketed four gold medals and will have raised his hand as someone to look out for in the future. Fuchs was triumphant in the 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 400m freestyle.

Twelve-year-old Jade Taylor Kelsey (Baracuda Swimming Club) is another one to look out for in the next few years as she was utterly dominant in the 12-year-old category, winning five gold medals. Her versatility is clearly evident after being crowned champion in the 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, and 200m freestyle.

In Port Elizabeth, Barracudas’ Thys Basson and Brandon Arlow were two names who showed they are bright prospects for the next 10 years, whilst in Durban, Nikita Baurishene (Westville) continued to haul in the medals after winning gold in the 200m breaststroke in 3min 10.46sec, adding to the gold in the 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle and the silver in the 100m breaststroke.