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Continental swimming honours for Hill
- Updated: June 29, 2016
National swimming coach Graham Hill has received more sporting honours and on this occasion it’s a continental reward.
KwaZulu-Natal based Hill, was named Coach of the Year at the inaugural African Union Sports Council Region 5 (Southern Africa) regional awards.
Swimming was the big winner of the night, taking away four key awards.
Botswana’s 19-year-old Olympic hopeful, Naomi Ruele won the Junior Sportswoman of the Year for her outstanding performances in major global events, as well as her time and technique improvement.
Ruele, who is on a FINA Scholarship in Miami, was also awarded the Swimmer of the Year from the Florida International University after breaking the 50m freestyle record at the NCAA Swimming Championships in the USA in March this year.
Veteran Olympian Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe) took home the Sportswoman of the Year, while Southern African Swimming Confederation (CANA Zone IV) claimed the Sports Confederation of the Year award.
Coventry was in action against many of the South African stars at last year’s African Games event in Brazzaville, Congo.
Southern Africa swimming has seen phenomenal growth over the past few years, with six countries achieving qualifying times for Rio 2016, compared to just two at London 2012.