The Dam(n)s of Swimming Transformation

Swimming, more than any other Olympic sport, has enjoyed tremendous success since the country’s reintegration into international competition. Swimmers, like Penny Heyns, Ryk Neethling and Roland Schoeman, have become household names whose feats in the swimming pool have been immortalized in the record books of the sport - hot commodities in an increasingly corporatising discipline (as the recent attempts by Olympic hopefuls, Qatar, at luring Schoeman and Neethling to their squad illustrate). As many national squads are struggling to chalk up even the most modest accolades in international competition, South African swimming continues to go from strength to strength. However, and in spite of a long history of ‘black swimming’ in South Africa, the highest levels of the sport remain dominated by white swimmers, and infrastructure and levels of organisation necessary for participation in the sport, remain concentrated in white areas. Eleven years after the first democratic election in South Africa, swimming remains largely untransformed and this is likely to be the case for some time.

Date
: 17 August 2010
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