Young sport stars head to world champs

2017-09-14 06:00
Woodridge College and Preparatory students Amica de Jager (18) from St Francis Bay and Corban Olivier (11) from Jeffreys Bay are off to Rome and Spain to participate in the Len Cup and Biathle World Championship respectively. With them are swimming coach Haydn Holmes from Liquid Lines in Cape St Francis.   Photo:SUPPLIED

Woodridge College and Preparatory students Amica de Jager (18) from St Francis Bay and Corban Olivier (11) from Jeffreys Bay are off to Rome and Spain to participate in the Len Cup and Biathle World Championship respectively. With them are swimming coach Haydn Holmes from Liquid Lines in Cape St Francis. Photo:SUPPLIED

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SWIMMERS Amica de Jager (18) from St Francis Bay and Corban Olivier (11) from Jeffreys Bay are off to Rome and Spain to participate in the Len Cup and Biathle World Championship respectively.

De Jager, who left for Rome on Wednesday, will test her open water swimming skills against the world’s best open water swimmers at the Len Cup in Rome.

She has been training with open water champion Haydn Holmes at Liquid Lines in Cape St Francis.

In preparation for the Len Cup, her training schedule was increased to 90 minutes a day, twice a day for seven days of the week. She furthermore trained at Arkfit twice a week.

Adding to her outstanding accomplishments, De Jager represents the SA Lifesaving Team, and was named the EC Open Water Swimmer of the Year and the Female Athlete of the Year in Lifesaving SA. She furthermore won the River Mile and Bell Buyo earlier this year.

Her ultimate goal is to represent South Africa in open water swimming at the Olympic Games.

Just like her mentor and rolemodel, her name now sports three times on the honours board at Woodridge College and Preparatory: swimming, lifesaving and academics.

Olivier will test his prowess against the world’s best at Viveiro, where the contest is set to take place from September 20 to 24.

He earned his national colours at the South African Biathle Championship (running and swimming) in George in July.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen, who attended a recent training session of the rising sports star, says Council is proud of Corban’s achievement.

“He is an example of the amazing talent we have here in Kouga and we wish him all the best. He is a great ambassador to his community and we look forward to watch him grow in his sport.”

Corban has been training with Speedfit Athletics at Jeffreys Bay and Liquid Lines at Cape St Francis.

His running coach, Jannie van Niekerk, says, “He has been an absolute pleasure to train. His dedication and perseverance is incredible.”

“Corban takes his training very seriously,” agrees his swimming coach, Haydn Holmes. “He is focused, committed and eager to please. He still has room to grow and to improve which, given his dedication, will come naturally as he matures from an age grouper to a senior athlete.”

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