THE SA swimming contingent will be looking to put in impressive performances in the hope to make their mark when they participate in the London Olympics later this month.
Darren Murray became the first swimmer of colour to be included in the Olympic team, following SASCOC’s final announcement yesterday.
The 21 year-old backstroker will be joining the South African Swimming Team’s Pre-Olympic Training Camp in Monaco on July 19 alongside other new inclusions, Trudi Maree and Open Water swimmers Troyden Prinsloo and Jessica Roux.
Kathryn Meaklim, Wendy Trott, Karin Prinsloo, Leith Shankland, Heerden Herman, Chad le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh, Charl Crous, Graeme Moore and Suzaan van Biljon are currently in Pescara, Italy, where they have been hard at work with preparation for the Olympic Games in London in just 22 days.
From Italy, the team will proceed to Monaco on Sunday where they will be joined by Jean Basson on July 14 and Darian Townsend, Sebastien Rousseau, Gideon Louw, Riaan Schoeman and Roland Schoeman on July 15.
An intense training schedule of two sessions per day with various sets of short and long distance swims, including starts and turns has been put in place to keep the swimmers in top form.
Swimming South Africa’s CEO, Shaun Adriaanse, said “We are extremely happy with the team’s Olympic preparations.
“Following their phenomenal performance at the Mare Nostrum Series and the Sette Colli Championships, the team is completely focused on preparing themselves both physically and mentally for London.”
The full South African Swimming Team will depart for London on July 22.