Great sea­son for Wood­view

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - THAHIR ASMAL

WOOD­VIEW Aquat­ics headed into the Kwazulu-natal Swim­ming Level 1 Cham­pi­onships qui­etly con­fi­dent on the back of what has al­ready been a suc­cess­ful sea­son for the club.

While the vi­brant en­ergy in the camp sug­gested that they had a lot of po­ten­tial, not even the most ar­dent of club sup­port­ers could have pre­dicted just how well they would do.

Their group of 21 swim­mers daz­zled in the wa­ter, bring­ing home a to­tal of 100 medals, 30 of which were gold.

Their medal haul helped them amass a tally of 1732 points to win the com­pe­ti­tion, pip­ping umlazi Sharks to the ti­tle.

“It’s an over­whelm­ing feel­ing for us as a club to achieve this. It was made pos­si­ble by our hard-work­ing and ded­i­cated swim­mers. The sup­port of par­ents has also been key to our suc­cess,” said club boss Jeeva Naidoo.

As the cham­pi­onships ap­proached, Naidoo said the club had stepped up their train­ing at the Stan­more Pool.

The club had pre­vi­ously man­aged a few top five fin­ishes at the meet, but this time they gen­uinely be­lieved they could chal­lenge for hon­ours.

“Our per­for­mance did not come as a sur­prise. We have a good crop of swim­mers com­ing through at the mo­ment and they have shown over the past few months that they can com­pete at this level,” said Naidoo.

“They put in hours of train­ing, clock­ing al­most 40km a week.”

Lin­coln Reddy got Wood­view off to a quick start by win­ning the 100m freestyle and set­ting a level 2 time in the process, along with fel­low 10-yearold Seth Goven­der.

Spurred on by their cap­tains, Cait­lyn and Mal­com Naidoo, Wood­view brought the sup­port­ers to their feet dur­ing the ex­cit­ing re­lay races. The team dom­i­nated the cat­e­gory by win­ning 10 gold medals and a sil­ver.

“It was good to see our swim­mers dig deep.

“They showed that they have the tem­per­a­ment to com­pete and give of their best,” Naidoo said.

“Credit must also go to our coach, Nizaam Ra­mat­ulla, who gave his all to pre­pare our swim­mers for the com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

The young swim­mers will now en­joy a well-de­served break be­fore the new sea­son kicks off on May 1.

“We are get­ting ready to en­ter the win­ter pe­riod and it will be im­por­tant for our swim­mers to make it count,” said Naidoo.

“It is im­por­tant for us to cap­i­talise on the suc­cess of the past few months and keep push­ing these young­sters.”

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