SATURDAY PROFILE | Sacrifice and dedication: How Tatjana Schoenmaker’s parents set her up for Olympic gold

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Tatjana Schoenmaker in matric at TuksSport High School. (Supplied, TuksSport High School)
Tatjana Schoenmaker in matric at TuksSport High School. (Supplied, TuksSport High School)

This week Tatjana Schoenmaker became the first South African female in 25 years, after Penny Heyns, to win Olympic gold in swimming. James de Villiers speaks to her parents, Rene and Renske, about how they purposefully decided that their "humble and hardworking" daughter would become a swimmer, Schoenmaker's 10-year journey to the Olympic games, and the secret to her success.  

After bolting past the competition in the 200m breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics, Tatjana Schoenmaker (24) on Friday morning immediately looked up to the electronic scoreboard to discover she won gold.  

Schoenmaker let out a scream of ecstasy and broke down into tears – becoming the first female South African swimmer in 25 years to win Olympic gold and setting a new world record.

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