R2.7m boost for swimming

2013-05-23 09:26

The sports and recreation department has injected R2.7 million into the preparations of Team SA, which will represent the country at the Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, in July.

The amount is in addition to the R400 000 contributed by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) just a few hours earlier, as well as the R1.1 million grant from swimming world governing body FINA.

Addressing the media in Cape Town yesterday, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said the department’s gesture was a “stop-gap measure” given the financial challenges Swimming South Africa was facing.

“It is our obligation to support our federations when they go to compete internationally,” said Mbalula at an event attended by Swim SA president Jace Naidoo and the federation’s CEO, Shaun Adriaanse.

“This is a stop-gap measure for the championships. Funding of the federations is a matter that requires corporate sponsorship. We don’t give funding to anybody.”

Mbalula said he was confident the team would do well.

As to how they would utilise the funds, Adriaanse said a chunk of the allocation would go into development while R700 000 would cover the costs of the Barcelona team.

“The R2 million is a baseline allocation in which a portion – plus minus 50% – will go to the developmental programme,” he said.

“The developmental programme includes club development and capacity building. And then the balance will go into developmental competition – the FINA Swimming World Cup series.”

Sascoc said in a statement only five swimmers were in their Operation Excellence programme, which assists medal hopefuls with financial and scientific support.

Said Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy in a statement: “Funding is an ongoing problem in South African sport but at Sascoc we felt that we had to do whatever possible to ensure that as many athletes as possible get to compete in Barcelona.”

The team was announced early this month for the global aquatics event that runs from July 14 to August 4.

» The full team which will represent the country in Spain:

Swimming

Men

Myles Brown

Chad le Clos

Michael Meyer

Darren Murray

Roland Schoeman

Leith Shankland

Cameron van der Burgh

Gerhard Zandberg

Giulio Zorzi

Women

Jessica Ashleigh

Trudi Maree

Vanessa Mohr

Tara Nicholas

Kyna Pereira

Karin Prinsloo

Marlies Ross

Rene Warnes

Open Water

Men: (10 km)

Chad Ho

Troyden Prinsloo

Women (10km)

Michelle Weber (KZNA)

Clarice le Roux (KZNA)

Men (5km)

Chad Ho (KZNA)

Danie Marais (WPA)

Women (5km)

Michelle Weber (KZNA)

Kyna Pereira (KZNA)

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