Soweto swimmers show off their shots at development program

The Sports and Recreation Branch recently organized a learn-to-swim club development program in Soweto as part of the City of Johannesburg’s talent identification and development campaign.

The event started at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday April 2 at the Pimville Pool. It turned out to be one of the coldest weekends in the Highveld to date, but despite freezing temperatures and rain, the enthusiasm and determination of the young swimmers and their coaches could not be held back as the Pimville indoor heated facility has reached its potential as a development hub in Soweto.

“As a swimmer you learn so much about yourself, and the sport teaches you valuable life lessons,” said Mbulelo Mente, whose favorite stroke is the infamous butterfly.

“Swimming is like that pesky little mosquito on a hot summer night: no matter how many times you smash it, it never goes away, you can give up swimming at some point, but it will never give up on you,” he said. added enthusiastically.

The Learn to Swim Club Development Program aims to increase the number of swimmers in the already established Soweto Swim Club by providing assistance and support to young swimmers. The program was designed for children and young adults from the surrounding communities and emphasizes water safety, water orientation, survival skills and basic stroke development.

It is essential that children know how to swim, and the City’s goal is to make swimming one of the dominant sports in the townships. The event is not just about swimming alone, but also about motivating and encouraging young people to stay off the streets.

A total of 118 swimmers from various Soweto pools and divisions that are part of the Soweto Swimming Club participated in the program.

Miriam Sibanda, Soweto Swim Club Team Manager, expressed her gratitude saying, “We truly appreciate the coaches and staff for the inspiration they continue to give to our communities, and we are overwhelmed by the unprecedented enthusiasm of young swimmers to learn”.

Written by Ntombifuthi Junerose Nkosi