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Water polo first up for SA
- Updated: July 15, 2011
The women’s water polo team get Team South Africa’s 2011 FINA world championships campaign underway in Shanghai, China on Sunday.
This is the 14th edition of the championships and are especially crucial, coming a year before the 2012 London Olympics.
Action will continue until July 31 and our water polo players take on China in their first match. They then follow up with matches against Germany and the United States.
For the first time in years South African have sent a synchro team and they’ll also be in action on Sunday. Looking to impress will be Western Province’s Laura Strugnell and Eastern Province swimmer Jessica Broughton, who claimed gold at the Telkom SA National Aquatic Championships earlier in the year.
Paralympian Natalie du Toit and FINA Marathon World Cup holder Chad Ho will be looking to add the World Championships Open Water titles to their names when they take to the water in the five and 10-kilometre swims from 19-22 July. Other South African swimmers will be Nicole Brits in the women’s 5km, Troyden Prinsloo in the 10km
The swimming programme begins on 24 July, with veteran swimmer Roland Schoeman among the first in the water in the 50-metre butterfly.
The team also includes the likes of breaststrokers Cameron van der Burgh, Suzaan van Biljon and Neil Versfeld, backstrokers Gerhard Zandberg and Charl Crous as well as freestyle specialists Graeme Moore, Darian Townsend and Wendy Trott.
Youngsters Vanessa Mohr, Darren Murray and Youth Olympics and Commonwealth Games ace Chad le Clos will also be looking to make a splash on the international stage.
In wishing the national team the best of luck for the World Championships, Swimming SA CEO Shaun Adriaanse said: The SA aquatics athletes are all champions in the eyes of Swimming SA and we trust that they will show the type of character, commitment and discipline, combined with their athletic skills of speed and strength, to become role models to our sports-loving fans across all communities in our country.”