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Olympians Chad and Chad honoured by school

Olympic swimmers Chad le Clos and Chad Ho have been honoured by having two pools at their former school named after them, writes Mark Etheridge.

The Westville Boys High School Aquatics Centre was opened this week and the two pools in the centre were named after them.

Ho was an Olympic swimmer in Beijing back in 2008 and a top 10 finisher in the open-water swim. He has also won the iconic Midmar Mile event in KwaZulu-Natal for the last three years.

Le Clos competed at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 before going to win gold and silver at the London Olympics two years ago.

The two Chads were honoured by their school at the opening of the centre. “There is no doubt that the two Chads epitomise the characteristics of the Westville boy that the School seeks to nurture ÔÇô integrity, modesty, commitment, resilience, courage, respect for others, self-respect and quiet confidence. Both have been and continue to be fine role models for fellow WBHS pupils.

“All at WBHS are aware of the sacrifices Chad le Clos has made along his path from junior ranks in Grade 8 through to the World Champion status that he ultimately achieved while still a school pupil.

“Chad Ho is the only Westville schoolboy to be selected for the Olympic Games while still a pupil at WBHS, having been chosen to represent the country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Chad put in a creditable performance in the 10km open-water swim at that event.”


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