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Top coach leaves

Top swimming coach Karoly von Toros has been lost to South African swimming after he this week accepted an appointment as head coach of the Algerian swimming team.

Van Toros’ former Centre of Excellence Programme assistant Cedric Finch is now set to head up the day-to-day training activities at the Bellville tertiary venue through to April next year.

His significant contribution during his four-year stint as head coach at Swimming SA’s Centre of Excellence Programme at the University of the Western Cape, saw Van Toros play a pivotal role towards the creation of a rosy future for aquatics in SA.

During his term as head coach at the Centre of Excellence Programme, Von Toros has had a positive impact on the performances achieved by the likes of Chanelle van Wyk, Wendy Trott, Sebastien Rousseau and Zaahir Gamiet.

ÔÇ£We wish Von Toros the best for the future and will miss his experience and expertise. Our focus as a national federation is to ensure the uninterrupted continuation of the swimmers training programme and Finch is quite capable to continue in the interim,ÔÇØ said Swimming SA CEO Shaun Adriaanse.

ÔÇ£We are quite certain and will ensure that the programme at UWC will continue building on the successful results achieved in consultation with our stakeholders, the University of the Western Cape, Western Cape Academy of Sports and Western Province Aquatics.ÔÇØ

Finch, who is currently with the SA swim team on the European leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup, had been working in association with Von Toros with the past three years at the Centre of Excellence Programme and will be responsible for ensuring a smooth continuation of the training programme through to key events in the new year.

The 20 athletes who train at the Centre of Excellence Programme will be aiming to deliver qualifying performances at the Telkom Level 03 Championships (to stand a chance of being selected to represent SA at the Youth Olympics in Singapore in August) and at the Telkom SA National Aquatic Championships (in a bid to make the SA team to compete at the Commonwealth Games in India in October).

Adriaanse added: ÔÇ£Swimming SA have been reviewing our High Performance Programme as part of our long term strategy and have identified closer relations with tertiary institutions as critical to the long term sustained performance improvement of our swimming programme. Within this context we have been working closely with identified tertiary institutions, including the University of the Western Cape to establish Centre of Excellence Programmes.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£The repositioning of our relationships with tertiary’s include endeavours to align our Senior Elite Coaches with the universities where possible. We have been in the process of concluding this with the University of the Western Cape, when we were informed of Mr Toros’ appointment in Algeria.ÔÇØ

Dumisani Mtwa
Dumisani Mtwa

A loss to the Nation This is indeed not good news as we are looking forward to 2012 games and the upcoming games next year, but it is important that we bid farewell to himand he played his role in the development of swimming in the country hope and trust that he would do well in his new appointment in Algeria. As a person that knows Mr Cedrich Finch i personaly think that if approved and appointed as the National Coach he would do well for the country he have a vast experience and works at one of the Country Best Training Centre in UWC, i trust that he is the right man and relates well with athletes whom i assume would not have a problem to work with him. All the Best Cedrick. Kind Regards