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Swanepoel making waves

Corney Swanepoel was born 23 years ago in Potchefstroom but these days represents New Zealand. So, as much as ÔÇ£Corney SwanepoelÔÇØ sounds like the SA-born swimmer he is, it’s the Kiwis who are benefiting┬á from his talent.

The New Zealander stormed to a national record victory in the men’s 100m butterfly at the New Zealand championships, where Rome 2009 world-championship trials were held in Christchurch. Swanepoel turned in 24sec on his way to a 51.61 victory ahead of fellow Olympians Moss Burmester (51.99) and Daniel Bell (52.28). It was the third fastest time in the world this year. ÔÇ£I had done absolutely no ‘fly until five weeks ago. For the last five years I have been concentrating on the 100m butterfly race so it can get a bit much after all that time,” Swanepoel told NZPA. ÔÇ£So I wanted to refresh myself and basically with my coach Thomas Ansorg we have changed just about everything. As well as doing more freestyle we have done less mileage and more power stuff. Mentally it’s really refreshing.┬á

ÔÇ£When you do something new there’s an element of risk so I was a bit nervous tonight. It’s exciting to get this result. Now I can go back and work in this, do some hard work to help with the back end of the race. I am pretty excited about this swim.”

The South African record stands at 51.90, established by Lyndon Ferns at the last FINA world championships. Which goes to prove that Swanepoel and his 51.61 is unfortunately New Zealand’s gain and South Africa’s loss.


  1. Michael

    April 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    This will unfortunately become more and more common in the future.

    Many Afrikaans families moved to NZ and in a generation or less we will see All Blacks with decidedly South African surnames too. A great shame.

  2. WM

    April 2, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Very sad. I lived in Oz and now in the US. There are S. Africans who have kids in Colleges in the US who are doing exceptionally well. The top ‘Ivy’ league schools have SA kids the best athletes, tennis and NFL players; I have a daughter in one of them.

    What could have been…, what a shame our kids will never look back I’m afraid.

  3. Brentie

    April 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    With so many South African settling overseas
    it is no wonder that in some NZ hospitals
    doctors are having meetings in Afrikaans.
    It is a fact of life that AA and crime are
    driving some of our most talented people from
    the land of their birth.

  4. Tinus

    April 4, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    It is sad in a way. I’m in Canada, my father -in-law is also a doctor. Where he works, 14 of the 16 doctors are from SA. In 20 years you will see Afrikaans surnames in Aussie, Kiwi, Yankee, and Canadian sport teams. Open your eyes Goverment!!!

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