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The hype and excitement is mounting among the South African swimming youth and raising talent set to converge from nine different provinces to compete at the 2011 SA Games, taking place at the Polokwane Municipality Swimming Pool, Polokwane from 4-6 October.

Sport and Recreation South Africa hosted the inaugural SA Games in Pretoria in 2002, followed by East London in 2004, Durban in 2005 and Bloemfontein in 2007.

The SA Games concept has evolved over time dating as far back as the early to mid-nineties. During this period the former National Sports Council and the former National Department of Sports and Recreation staged the development games.

Aiming to carve names for themselves in 2011 are Gauteng’s 16-year-old Petri Vosloo and 14-year-old Justine Jagga from the Western Province. Vosloo is the fastest qualifier in his four races of the 50 and 100 metre breaststroke and the 50 and 100m freestyle, while Jagga will feature in her favorite 200m individual medley and 100, 200 and 400m freestyle events.

Mpumalanga’s SJ de Kock will certainly warrant watching as he heads the regional rankings in the 50 and 100m backstroke.

Megan Singh’s fast qualifying time of 1min 11.18sec in the 100m butterfly puts her on top of her group. The KZN-based Singh will also provides for interesting competition in the 50, 200 and 400m freestyle, 50 and 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and the 200m individual medley.

In the 50m butterfly, Eastern Province’s Luke Coetzer will be hitting the water as the fastest qualifier. Racing against the likes of William Brann and Chris Delport from Gauteng, the competition is bound to be tough.

The swimming programme of the SA Games also includes the multi-disability races with the likes of Limpopo’s Paris Sadiki (18) and KZN’s Sandile Shezi (14) who will be on a quest for the gold medal as the fastest qualifiers in the 100m freestyle with times of 1:16.17 and 1:21.14 respectively.

It will be a busy three days for Sadiki and Shezi as they will also be competing in the 50 and 100m butterfly, 50 and 100m breaststroke, 50m freestyle as well as the 50 and 100m backstroke.


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