Speedo Junior Champs and Seagulls SC 2017

Speedo Junior Champs and Seagulls Short Course 2017

Looking strong at Seagulls SC champs

Speedo Junior Champs and Seagulls Short Course 2017

eThikwini Speedo Junior Champs acts as the official opening of the swim season.  This is a championship for swimmers in the 13 & Under age group.

2017 Championship dates, 22-24 September.  It is a tradition that we create childhood cancer awareness at this particular swim meet.  We make our gold awareness ribbons, cook for the three days of the gala and on 22 September we set off to Kings Park swimming pool for the first day of Speedo Junior Champs.

September is Spring-time in Durban and we this year we experience extreme tropical weather.  Weather builds up, a storm breaks just to start another build-up after the rains. High seas, strong winds, and flooding in and around Durban is at the order of the day.

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Pre-season swim meets 2017

Pre-season swim meets 2017-2018

2017-2018 swim season new club

Pre-season swim meets – making new NC Dolphins friends at Umgungundlovu 2

We are very fortunate in KwaZulu Natal as we enjoy mild winters.  Swimmers are, therefore, able to train and compete throughout the year. The rest of the country has cold winters which make training and racing challenging especially when the club is not using an indoor pool.

In 2017 we change swimming clubs.  Monica joins North Coast Dolphins swim team. Dad Coach Jan continues to coach Mica daily at the pool in Amanzimtoti.  We just swim for the new club with coach Dominique Donner as head coach.  The biggest difference is that Monica joins her teammates on commitment-free Saturdays for training sessions in Ballito.  Ballito is approximately 50 minutes’ drive from our home.

It is a great change and Monica just loves her new team.  We can clearly see more effort in the pool this year. Continue reading