The number of drownings leading to unnecessary deaths continues to be a serious cause for concern for the association.
Swim SA (SSA) vice-president Zikie Molusi made a whirlwind visit to Kimberley recently, and elaborated on the national aquatic sports controlling body’s plans to send a strong contingent of top level athletes to the upcoming world swimming championships that will take place in Hangzhou, China from next week Tuesday.
Speaking to the DFA at the Brian Hermanus swimming pool in Florianville, Molusi (pictured) commented on the ongoing upgrading of the facilities at the pool; He said having a facility of this nature within communities augurs well for the development of athletes that in turn could assist in producing elite black swimmers capable of delivering Olympic medals in the near future.
“We were hopeful that the facility would have been officially opened by now considering that it’s the holiday season,” a concerned Molusi said. “Right now we are witnessing young children jumping over the perimeter wall and using the facility without the supervision of life savers.
“It is unfortunate that 24 years into the new dispensation, the authorities haven’t kept up with developments by building new swimming pools for communities.
“By simply applying for funding through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant, the Sports Trust, National Lottery and the private corporate sector, sports facilities can be considered to be another strategic intervention towards crime prevention,” he said.
“Furthermore, the extreme weather conditions in the province provides a perfect platform for swimming to become a top sporting code amongst the youth,” Molusi added.
Molusi told the DFA that the number of drownings leading to unnecessary deaths continues to be a serious cause for concern for the association.
“Community members are encouraged to embrace swimming as a life skill. The popular “Learn to Swim” programme is currently been championed by the International Olympic Committee and FINA vice president, Sam Ramsamy, and many countries in the world are adopting the model initiated by Swimming South Africa,” he said.