Madibaz swimming coach honoured

2016-03-10 06:00
=Alard (left) and Alaric Basson (right) from Uitenhage at the World Student Games with Madibaz high performance coach Mark Edge. Photo: SUPPLIED

=Alard (left) and Alaric Basson (right) from Uitenhage at the World Student Games with Madibaz high performance coach Mark Edge. Photo: SUPPLIED

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Nedbank Madibaz swimming team trainer Mark Edge was named Coach of the Year at the recent Eastern Cape Sport and Recreation Awards in Port Elizabeth.

The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture hosted the awards in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Sports Confederation to honour locals for their contribution to sports development in the region.

“I was extremely proud to receive this award,” said Edge, a former Springbok swimmer and lifesaver linked to NMMU’s high performance centre.

“Being a swimming coach is more of a passion than a job,” he said, reflecting on a 35-year coaching career. “The fact that I absolutely love what I do, motivates me every day.”

Last year, eight of Edge’s charges competed internationally at events such as the All-Africa Games, African Junior Swimming Championships, Fina Swimming World Cup and Commonwealth Youth Games.

According to him, they brought home more than 20 medals from these galas.

Two of his swimmers, Alard and Alaric Basson, formerly from Uitenhage Convent Primary and Muir College, were finalists in the Sportsman of the Year category.

“It is a great achievement for them,” said the institution’s aquatics manager Melinda Goosen.”

She said the brothers had represented South Africa at the All-African Games, the World Cup and University Games in 2015.

Edge said his swimmers are now focusing on next month’s South African National Aquatic Championships which will be held in Durban, and double as the forthcoming Olympic trials.

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