The best swimmers in the province pitted the results of their arduous training the past season against each other at the Tzaneen municipal swimming pool this past weekend from Friday the 2nd of December to Sunday the 4th.

The level of swimming on display was breath taking with some of the more junior swimmers recording remarkable times which should bode well for the coming season as they prepare for the levels, age groups and national galas in 2023.

At the end of the three-day event the scorecards showed that once again the local clubs held their own against the bigger clubs with the Shamu Swimming Club and Tzaneen Amateur Swimming Club (TASK) landing spots in the top five. In total, 12 swimming clubs from across the province had swimmers in the water.

Shamu finished in top spot on 9 385 points thanks in large part to the outstanding performances by both their Boys’ and Girls’ teams. The Girls raked in a total score of 4 183 points with the Boys adding an impressive 5 202 points to the tally to seal the deal.

Limpopo Tuks Swimming Club’s Simone Theron (15) scored the most individual points in the Girls division when she finished her aquatic siege on 264 points. Theron was followed by Ellisras Aquatics’ Talitha van der Schyff (11) on 232 points and Limpopo Tuks Swimming’s Kinique De Agrella on 229.5 points.

In the individual Boys’ division local swimming sensation Ruan Hanaczeck-Kruger proved that at age 20, he was still a force to be reckoned with, with his total of 254 points landing Shamu on the top of the list. He was followed by Action Aquatics’ Juan Randall (14) on 249 points who tied with Limpopo Tuks Swimming’s Mighael Alberts (15) for second place. In third was another Tuks swimmer, Marnus Truter on 244 points.

Hanazeck-Kruger was awarded the Senior Victor Ludorum, while Simone Theron took home the Senior Victrix. Marnus Truter and Talita van der Schyff took the Junior Victor and Victrix with Wouter Venter and Ditebogo Pheea walked away with the Starfish Victor and Victrix for their efforts.

Some notable times to mention were Hanazeck-Kruger’s remarkable 25,87 for the 50m Fly, 30,26 for the 50m Breast, 24,89 for the 50m Free and his outstanding 53,41 for the 100m Free. The 15-year old Mighael Alberts impressed everyone on the day when he touched the wall in 25,27 for his 50m Free, 55,65 for the 100m Free and 27,25 for the 50m Fly.

***Editor’s Comment: Thanks to Denzel Heyns and Tienie Prinsloo, the local swimming pool was repaired and ready to host this prestigious event following the failure by the Greater Tzaneen Municipality to repair and maintain their own facilities. This after the municipality spent more than R10 million on alleged upgrades at this pool in 2016, after which theft and irregular appointments kick started the infamous Poolgate Saga which was intensively investigated and reported on by Bulletin over the course of four years. Our readers will remember the video interview we conducted at poolside with the newly appointed lifeguards who couldn’t swim, and the R80 000 the municipality spent on coaches from Durban to come and teach them, despite local coaches offering their services free of charge. Currently there is no cashier at the pool nor is there a manager or lifeguards.