Birthday bash: Chad parties hard, but no hangover

2013-04-29 00:00

AFTER 10 hours of hard partying on Saturday, swimming sensation Chad le Clos spent yesterday eating cake.

The Olympic gold medallist said he wasn’t feeling any of the effects one would usually associate with a 21st celebration.

“I’m fine. I’m like a lion. I’m strong,” Le Clos told The Witness.

The birthday bash was held at Czar in Florida Road in Durban and Le Clos declared it a success.

“It was an awesome evening. I’m very happy with how everything went, and my sister did a great job organising everything,” he said.

Among the guests was Le Clos’s idol, Sydney Olympics star Terence Parkin.

But the birthday boy was a tad upset that a number of people invited did not pitch up.

“We also invited a number of Sharks players, but they weren’t able to come because they’re currently on tour in New Zealand.”

Others travelled from afar to share the special day.

“There was one friend who came down all the way from Dubai. There were a lot of people who came.”

Le Clos also spoke of the honour of being one of the recipients this weekend of the Order of Ikhamanga, which recognises excellence in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

“It’s a huge honour for me and my family; it’s a pity I couldn’t have been there to accept it,” he said.

He said it would be a honour to meet President Jacob Zuma, with whom he shares a birthday — April 12.

The orders were awarded by Zuma at the Sefako M. Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria on Saturday.

After the recent swimming championships in Port Elizabeth, Le Clos and his family went to Mozambique, where he had time to use his surfboard.

“I don’t get much time off, so when I do get a week, I have to enjoy it with family.”

He had planned to host a third party in Cape Town — he already had one in Johannesburg the day before the Durban bash — but was unable to because of his tight schedule.

Now it’s back to the pool for Le Clos as he starts training for the world championships in Barcelona in July and August.


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