Blow to Blewett’s longest standing record

2017-03-30 06:02
=Brian Blewett hands over a trophy to Shaydon Jacobs who bettered his longest standing swimming record at Uitenhage Convent Primary.                     Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

=Brian Blewett hands over a trophy to Shaydon Jacobs who bettered his longest standing swimming record at Uitenhage Convent Primary. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Brian Blewett’s longest standing swimming record of 35 years at Uitenhage Convent Primary has been bettered!

The honour of this history made went to Shaydon Jacobs who set a new record for boys’ butterfly open after bettering Blewett’s record by 00:00:09 seconds.

Blewett has set several swimming records at Uitenhage Convent Primary, which over the years were bettered, one after another.

Wenda Marsh (80) a former secretary at the school, remembers Brian well, as through all the years she assisted with the coaching of swimmers as well as recordings at gala events. As usual, she was present as a recorder, during the gala where Blewett’s longest standing record was rewritten.

“He was a brilliant swimmer and had several records for various strokes that had been broken over the years. But nobody managed to beat him at butterfly. He takes after his father (late) Michael Blewett and swimming definitely runs in their family,” said Marsh.

Blewett joked and said “I am not a swimmer anymore, but a sinker.”

One of my sons, Jordan Blewett, also is a keen swimmer and was included in the SA U/16 water polo team.

Convent Primary is known for delivering swimmers of note like Taylin Sauls who during 2011 broke one of Blewett’s records which at that stage stood for 20 years and Akeem Langford bettered one of Blewett’s records during 2014. Also hailing from Convent Primary are South African swimmers and twin brothers Alard and Alaric Basson, currently at NMMU and training for the next Olympics.

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