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Eight medals in Rio

The SA swim team raked in a total of eight medals (six silver and two bronze) after the completion of the week-long International Paralympic Committee’s World Short Course Swimming Championships in Rio de Janeiro this weekend.

Those who won medals at the championships for SA were Shireen Sapiro (silver in the 100 metres backstroke, and 100 metres butterfly, S10 category), Shannon Ferguson (50 and 100 metres freestyle and 50 metres backstroke, S3 category) and Tadhg Slattery, who claimed silver in the 100 metres breaststroke and bronze medals in the 100 and 200 metres individual medley races, SB5 category).

In congratulating the SA team on their performances, Swimming SA CEO Shaun Adriaanse said: ÔÇ£The results achieved by the SA team at the IPC World Short Course Swimming Championships in Rio de Janeiro was the perfect way to finish off a highly successful 2009 aquatics campaign for South Africa. On behalf of the Swimming SA, I would like to extend my best wishes to the swimmers who did us so proud in Brazil.ÔÇØ


2 comments
Paul Gray
Paul Gray

Congratulations to the SA team. There dedication to the challenge is highly commendable. They are all winners! Participation is a prize in itself. Well done!

Gideon Sam
Gideon Sam

Our congratulations go to Swimming South Africa for a wonderful season. We are pleased with the progress the federation has made following the Beijing Olympic Games. We are hopeful that these kind of performances will be sustained in the year of the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and beyond. The results at the IPC World Short Course Swimming Championships are encouraging because it shows that swimming in the country is in a very healthy state at the moment. Well done to all involved in these wonderful performances.