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- Updated: August 12, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
A small team of three will represent South Africa at the fourth World Deaf Swimming Championships, starting next week.
San Antonio, Texas is the host city for the WDSC where more than 180 deaf and hard of hearing swimmers from 25 countries will take part from 17-22 August.
Leading the way will be Somerset West’s Peggy de Villiers, above, who’ll be swimming her third WDSC event. At the 2011 Championships in Portugal, she won three medals.
She’s currently based in Florida where she’s a student at the University of Florida.
And the other two swimmers are also no stranger to the championships. Cornell Loubser and Mark Roach will be competing at their second championships.
North West Province swimmer, Loubser is a student at Potchefstroom University while the Eastern Cape’s Roach is a matric student at Merrifield College.
The strongest teams at the Championships will be hosts United States and Russia and the Ukraine.
The SA team will be managed by Tadgh Slattery, a veteran of six Paralympic Games and the coach will be East London’s Vionne Skinner.
The SA team’s trip was made possible by funding from the National Lottery Trust Distribution Fund (NLTDF)
Picture of De Villiers courtesy of John Blackie