Club aims to make waves

2015-04-30 17:04
SOME of the members of the Mangaung Octopus Aquatics Club are, from the left, Olebogeng Sebolao, Matumpule Chalo, Matshidiso Khabola, Chalotte Rakhoase, Nantiso Kula, Reabetswe Rasweu and Tshepo Mokhothu (at the back). 
   Photo: 
Voight Mokone

SOME of the members of the Mangaung Octopus Aquatics Club are, from the left, Olebogeng Sebolao, Matumpule Chalo, Matshidiso Khabola, Chalotte Rakhoase, Nantiso Kula, Reabetswe Rasweu and Tshepo Mokhothu (at the back). Photo: Voight Mokone

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THE Mangaung Octopus Aquatics Club is gearing up to compete in the National Lifeguard Championships in Durban this month end.

The event, which will see top South African swimming talent in action, promises to be a spectacle at the Kings Park Swimming Complex.

It starts on Wednesday, 30 April, and will run until 2 May.

“I think the kids are swimming spectacularly well – they look great. We are ready to compete against the rest of South Africa in Durban,” said Meshack Kgabola, chairperson and one of the coaches at the Mangaung Octopus Aquatics Club.

“We are not going there to add up to the numbers, but to compete strongly. We want to collect a few gold medals. We have managed to collect about 36 medals in the last competition that we recently took part in at Maselspoort,” he said.

“I am working with three other swimming coaches at the Bloemanda Swimming Pool. We have a fantastic working relationship. Our aim is to produce swimmers who will one day represent the country at international competitions,” he added.

Although 14 members of the Mangaung Octopus Aquatics Club have qualified for the upcoming meet, Kgabola said they were battling to put together sufficient funds to cover for transport, accommodation, food and registration for the kids.

“We need to raise approximately R30 000 for the trip. We had a fundraising event on Easter Monday. However, we did not raise as much money as we had hoped to. So we appeal to the community to help us with donations. It is important for these kids to take part in this competition to gauge themselves against other swimmers from across the country,” he said.

The Mangaung Octopus Aquatic Club have more than 70 members. They teach kids to swim from four years upwards.

“Our club is growing in leaps and bounds. We are also teaching adults to swim.

“We charge each member R50 per month. Swimming classes start at 16:30 between Monday and Friday. New members are welcome to join us,” explained Kgabola.

If you want to join the club or are willing to help them with donations, contact Kgabola on 083-383-7757

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