Maria and Haydn Holmes: making a splash

2015-11-12 06:00
Maria (pictured) and Haydn Holmes became an integral part of a structure aimed at catapulting local swimming to a new level when they opened their highly successful aquatics centre, Liquid Lines – Unsalted            Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

Maria (pictured) and Haydn Holmes became an integral part of a structure aimed at catapulting local swimming to a new level when they opened their highly successful aquatics centre, Liquid Lines – Unsalted Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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FOR Maria and Haydn Holmes, a multiple record-holding Olympic swimmer and lifeguard respectively, there are no more massive crowds. There is not as much traveling and there are no more big team swimming practices.

They became an integral part of a structure aimed at catapulting local swimming to a new level when they opened their highly successful aquatics centre, Liquid Lines – Unsalted, in the heart of Cape St Francis in December 2013. Liquid Lines is a state-of-the-art swimming and training facility dedicated to revolutionising the way athletes and novices move through water.

Owner-trainers Maria and Haydn are both experts in their trade. Maria is a Bulgarian national record-holder for the 200m backstroke and an Olympian competitor, while Haydn represents South Africa for Surf and Fresh Water Lifesaving. They met in Dubai, while working as high-ranking executives at Dubai’s Yas Island Waterpark and Wadi Waterpark respectively.

The couple, who has a 42-month old daughter, spent thousands of hours studying the art and science of swimming. Their unquenchable love for all things water-rela-ted and extensive work with hundreds of students prompted them to develop a swimming system to maximise any swimmer’s potential – seeing their return to South Africa after 15 years in Dubai to realise a lifelong dream.

According to Maria, Liquid Lines is their unique concept. “This is a one-of-a-kind facility in South Africa, if not the world.”

“Haydn is a true patriot. He said that if we were to get married, we will move back to South Africa and live in the little town he grew so very fond of, Cape St Francis, where his parents bought a house in the 1980s,” says Maria. “In December 2010 we got married on the balcony of 19 St Francis Way and have been committed to our return to Seal Point ever since.

Liquid Lines boasts a heated 20m long 3m x 2m lane swimming pool and provides a world-class facility where fresh, innovative approaches to aquatic fitness norms can be enjoyed.

Liquid Lines offer Waterman-Fit (a high-intensity cross-training workout consisting of swimming, underwater drills, treading water with/without weights, exercises on the pool deck and running), Aqua-Fit (circuit-style interval training), Masters Swimming (swimming for adults), and performance squad swimming for the more serious swimmers motivated to compete in local and national competitions. There are also open lane times for part time lap swimmers and vacationing championship swimmers.

“We already have had several wins at various swimming championships,” says a proud Maria.

The facility is open to everyone, no matter what their reason is for swimming.

“We hoped to be successful, but never thought that we will get the overwhelming support we did and are still getting. We are thankful for each and every swimmer – whether social or competitive – that supports us,” says Maria. “We are currently averaging 1 300 people a month.”

And do they have plans to grow? “There is always room for growth,” says Maria. “We might consider franchising Liquid Lines, but we will have to see where the future takes us.”

For more information, contact Maria or Haydn at 042 298 0013 or send an email to holmes.h@telkomsa.net. Alternatively, visit their website at www.liquidlinesunsalted.com.

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