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Early start for future stars

Swimming SA’s youth brigade will be in action early in the New Year, and looking to get the 2010 aquatics season off to a winning start when they compete in the CANA Zone 3 & 4 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya from 8-10 January.

The bar of success has been set high following the SA junior team’s rich medal haul of 50 gold, 25 silver and 23 bronze at the CANA African Junior Championships held in Mauritius in October, and the newly-selected group of teenage swimmers will be out to prove that they too can hold their heads high in the best in their respective age groups on the African swimming scene.

In wishing the national team the best of luck for the African competition in Nairobi, Swimming SA CEO Shaun Adriaanse said: ÔÇ£SA’s junior age group swimmers have always done well at CANA galas on our continent and I have no doubt that the current team members will not only be able to secure several medals for our country at the event in January, but will entrench themselves as talent that can be further nurtured for even greater honours at higher levels of swimming in years to come.ÔÇØ

SA team:
Boys
13 & 14 years:
Nizaam Kafaar (EP) 50, 100, 200 & 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly; Alaric Basson (EP) 50, 100 & 200m breaststroke; Mischa Koopman (EP) 200m freestyle, 50, 100 & 200m backstroke, 100 & 200m breaststroke, 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley; Jeremy Ward (EP) 50 & 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50 metres breaststroke, 50 & 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley; Ziyaad Isaacs (WP) 400m freestyle, 100 & 200m breaststroke
15 & 16 years: Tendo Bosa (CGA) 50 & 200m freestyle, 50 & 100m breaststroke, 4 x 50m freestyle; Maziya Maepa (NTS) 400m freestyle, 50 & 100m backstroke, 50, 100 & 200m breaststroke, 100m butterfly; Darian Topkin (NC/GW) 100m freestyle, 200m breaststroke, 50m butterfly; Jean van der Vyver (Bo) 50m freestyle, 50, 100 & 200m breaststroke, 200m individual medley; Morney van Schalkwyk (WP) 100, 200 & 400m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 50 & 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley
17 & 18 years: Phutiane Molepo (LP) 50 & 100m freestyle, 50 & 100m backstroke, 50, 100 & 200m breaststroke, 50 & 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley
Girls
13 & 14 years:
Rashieda Ahmed (WP) 200 & 400m freestyle, 50, 100 & 200m breaststroke; Ashleigh Samuels (WP) 50, 100, 200 & 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly; Laeeqah Bulbulia (CGA) 50m freestyle, 50 & 100m backstroke; Kelleigh Nelson (EP) 200m backstroke, 50, 100 & 200m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 200m individual medley; Kirstie Engelke (EP) 100m freestyle, 50, 100 & 200m backstroke, 50 & 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley
15 & 16 years: Saskia Ramdhani (KZ) 50 & 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly; Michelle Nieuwstad (WP) 100, 200 & 400m freestyle, 100 & 200m backstroke, 100 & 200m breaststroke, 200m individual medley; Meghan Todd (LP) 50m freestyle, 50, 100 & 200m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 100m butterfly; Lalecia Kotze (KZ) 200 & 400m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50 & 100m breaststroke, 50 & 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley
17 & 18 years: Jessica Bragason (KZ) 50 & 100m freestyle, 50 & 100m backstroke, 50, 100 & 200m breaststroke, 50 & 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley


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