Madibaz swimmer excels at artistic nationals

2019-04-24 06:02
Courtney Musson.  Photo:SUPPLIED

Courtney Musson. Photo:SUPPLIED

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MADIBAZ artistic swimmer, Courtney Musson continues to impress in the national arena, as she recently returned from the national championships in Durban with a haul of six medals, one gold and five silvers.

The 24-year-old Nelson Mandela University student was part of the Eastern Cape artistic swimming team, which competed in the event.

She was delighted with her results and is now waiting on tenterhooks to find out if she will be included in the South African team to compete in the World Championships to be held in South Korea in July.

“I was extremely happy with how I performed in my events, especially in my individual events,” said the human movement science masters student.

“I did, however, narrowly miss out on a gold in my technical duet event with my partner Nina Smith (from Port Elizabeth).

“But we were still satisfied with our silver, as we have been swimming together in this category for less than a year.”

Musson, who went to school at Erica Primary and Collegiate High, admitted to a degree of nervousness going into the championships.

“I specialise in the individual events, also known as a solo, which includes a technical solo category and free solo category.”

Musson acknowledged a number of people who had influenced her career since she began competing in the sport at the age of nine.

“My biggest role model is my coach, Moira Norden,” she said.

“She is an amazing mentor and was one of the first people to introduce me to the sport.

“Another who played a big role in my career is my mom, Jenny.

“She has been through every moment with me, from the lows to the highs, as a supporter as well as a manager of my national and international teams.

Musson’s results at the nationals were as follows:

  • Solo (free and technical): Second in both events.
  • Duet (free and technical): Musson and Smith second in both events.
  • Figures: Second.
  • Free combination routine: First.

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