The 2020/2021 swim season has been a great season for the Harties Red Bears Swimming Club.
Not only did the Harties Red Bears swimmers bring home a total of 96 Medals (33 Gold, 27 Silver and 36 Bronze), but continued swimming personal best times.
Four swimmers, Liam van Wyk, Edmund Nel, Marcel Zuur and Gerrick Griffioen, competed in the SA Regional Junior Championships Mire Greyling, Marcel Zuur and Gerrick Griffioen competed in the SA Regional Senior Championship and Mire Greyling and Marcel Zuur swam at SA Regional Youth Championships.
At the end of each swimming season there is a championship gala for each level of swimmers, namely Level 1, 2 and 3, Junior Nationals , Youth Nationals and Senior Nationals. Harties Red Bears swimmers competed in each one of these galas.
Despite the challengers COVID brought, the club has grown in size and achievements. Not only did the swimmers achieve in the pool, but one of the club’s swimmers also participated in the SA Open Water Nationals in Jeffrey’s Bay. Marcel Zuur swam the 7.5 km where he came ninth overall and the 5 km where he came third in his age group (16yrs). Open Water Nationals is also an Olympic qualifier.
The club’s swimmers all performed exceptionally well in their SA Level Gala’s – racking up the medals! Here are the results:
SA Level 2 Regional Age Group Championships – Kimberley (26-28 March 2021): 8 Gold, 2 Silver and 6 Bronze Medals: Selente Oosthuizen: 1 Gold, 1 Silver Fredrich Barnard: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze Hanrike Barnard:1 Gold, 2 Bronze Mighael Barnard: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze Leo Metz: 1 Gold Zian Nel: 1 Gold
SA Level 3 Regional Age Group Championships – Penny Heyns Pool, Sasolburg (19 to 21 March 2021): 29 Medals (10 Gold, 6 Silver and 13 Bronze) between only 7 swimmers Tenieke Greyling: 3 Gold, 4 Bronze Julia Griffioen: 1 Gold, 1 Silver Kimberley Howes: 1 Gold, 2 Bronze Kyle Jansen van Vuuren: 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze Anja Koen: 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Nicola Olivier: 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze
SA Juniors Regional Championships – Germiston and Gquberha (Port Elizabeth): 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze Medals Edmund Nel: 3 Gold and 1 Bronze Liam van Wyk: 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Marcel Zuur: 1 Bonze Gerrick Griffioen: 2 Silver and 1 Gold
SA Youth and Senior Regional Championships – Gquberha (Port Elizabeth) from 14 to 18 April 2021: 14 Medals (3 Gold, 5 Silver and 6 Bronze) between only 3 swimmers Mire Greyling: 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Marcel Zuur: 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze Gerrick Griffioen: 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Gerrick Griffioen also broke the North-West 100m under 16 Breaststroke record at this event with more than 1 second in a time of 1:06:72.
The Club is truly grateful to have access to a private pool that allowed them to be able start training as soon as the government allowed professional sports to start programmess. A big thank you goes out to Aqualand whose facilities the club make use of.
Congratulations to Coach Garth Tune for bringing out the best in the swimmers.