The Witness - - HORSERACING -

TWO 14­year­old star­lets from lo­cal swim­ming club Seals are de­lighted at be­ing se­lected for the KwaZulu­Natal 2022 Com­mon­wealth Tar­get Team.

Paige Brom­bacher from The Wyke­ham Col­le­giate and Matt Sates from St Charles Col­lege (both pic­tured) swim un­der Seals head coach Wayne Rid­din and their place in “Project 2022” means they will get sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal sup­port to help them qual­ify for the 2022 Games in Birm­ing­ham.

The English city was “awarded” the event af­ter Dur­ban fell out as ap­proved hosts due to fi­nan­cial prob­ lems.

Qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the ju­nior elite squad was based on ac­cu­mu­la­tive Fina points and set qual­i­fy­ing times, with Paige and Matt achiev­ing their times at the re­cent KZN Pre­mier Cham­pi­onships in Dur­ban.

It capped a suc­cess­ful year for both these tal­ented swimmers, af­ter they were part of a group that trav­elled to the United States with Rid­din in June­July to gain in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

Paige has also com­peted in World Cup events in Hong Kong and Doha.

When asked what mo­ti­vated him in his ef­forts at train­ing over the past sea­son, Matt said: “Work and train harder than any­one else. Never give up, be­lieve, be con­fi­dent and pray. God will pro­tect, guide and to­gether we will fly.”

Added Paige: “It is an hon­our to be se­lected for two con­sec­u­tive years and I am grate­ful to KZN Aquat­ics for mak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties like this pos­si­ble for us swimmers.”

Seals have a good record when it comes to get­ting swimmers into South African squads for in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments.


Paige Brom­bacher. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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