Flood of Medals for Gauteng
Gauteng was the overall champions at the South African Schools Aquatics National Championship in Polokwane this week. They finished first on 841,50 points, followed by Kwa Zulu Natal (KZN) on 679 and Mpumalanga in third place on 427 points. Gauteng also topped the medals charts bagging a total of 159 medals (74 gold, 48 silver and 32 bronze). KZN came second again with 109 medals which include 38 gold, 36 silver and 35 bronze while Mpumalanga finished third with 42 accolades (12 gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze).
One of the stars that shined for GP was Thulani Mabuza a disabled athlete who won three gold medals in 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 200m IM said he did not expect to win as he came straight from the senior championships in Durban. “I thought I was going to just go for second or third place but when I was in the water I was confident and my team supported me and I did it, I did new PBs that wasn’t bad because I just went to Durban for seniors and I came now and I was tired. I wasn’t expecting many medals “said Mabuza.
One of the best performers from KZN, 12 year old Ozzy Aromin who won eight medals that include one silver also surprised himself at his first national event. He also thanked his coaches for his and the team’s success in Limpopo’s capital. “I knew that I would win a few medals but I didn’t think that I’d do this well. My coaches were very pleased with my results and I want to say thank you to Carl Du Toit at action swimming for helping me achieve this”.
Limpopo finished in seventh place on the overall points standings with 240 points above North West in last place on 160,50 points. Free State finished fourth on 410 points while Western Cape and Eastern Cape finished in fifth and sixth spots on 336 and 311 points respectively. As far as medals go Limpopo finished sixth with 34 medals, Eastern Cape above them in fifth position with 26 medals. Western Cape bagged 40 medals and finished in seventh position due an inferior number of gold medals compared to the two provinces ahead of them. North West finished last with 12 medals.
OTHER EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS:
VICTOR LUDORUM PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Ozzy Aromin (KZN) 32 pts (3272 FINA points)
VICTRIX LUDORUM PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Dieu-Dene van Jaarsveld (Gauteng) 31 opts (3727 FINA points)
VICTOR LUDORUM HIGH SCHOOLS
Luan de Wall (FS) 31pts (4340 FINA points)
VICTRIX LUDORIM HIGH SCHOOL
Tori Oliver (KZN) 31 pts
BEST PERFORMANCE (FINA POINTS)
Lesley Blignaut (EC) Women 16-17 yrs 100m Free Style Time: 59,56 (667 pts)
Michael Deans (Gauteng) Mens 16-17 50 Breaststroke Time: 30,23 (666 pts)