Ian is School Sport Star

2015-07-01 06:05
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IAN Venter is a 15-year-old Grade 10 Pearson High School pupil and an avid swimmer.

Ian has represented Eastern Province Aquatics (now Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics) regularly over the past five years, swims for Aquabear Swim Club and is coached by the legendary Brian Elliot.

Early in February – merely a month before the start of most of the national events for which he prepared with great commitment throughout the season – Ian was admitted to hospital and had to undergo an emergency appendix operation.

Needless to say, for most, this would have spelled a disastrous premature end to their swimming season as medical opinion suggested a six-week recovery period. Not so for Ian. Two weeks later, he competed in the Spar River Mile and managed a top 10 position. The very next week, he swam the Bellbuoy 5km Challenge as the youngest (15 years) male swimmer in the field, winning the men’s wetsuit category.

On March 7 and 8, he represented Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics at the South African National Open Water Championships in Grabouw, Western Cape. Here he won a silver medal, coming second in the 3km and sixth in the 5km. Despite not being able to train optimally following the operation, Ian succeeded in making four finals at the South African National Level 3 Championships recently.

He was placed sixth in the 100m back, fifth in the 50m back and sixth in the 200m back and still has the fastest 50m backstroke time in his age group in South Africa this year. Ian also competed at the SA Youth and Senior Nationals in Durban.

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