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Swimming sensation Lara van Niekerk on why medals don't matter and how her family keeps her humble

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Lara van Niekerk is SA’s newest swimming sensation after winning two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.(PHOTO: Onkgopotse Koloti)
Lara van Niekerk is SA’s newest swimming sensation after winning two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.(PHOTO: Onkgopotse Koloti)

When she was just four years old she insisted on taking off her safety gear while in the pool, despite her mom’s warnings not to swim without it. And when her mother turned her back for just a moment, the little girl leapt into the water.

“Her face was underwater, but she was furiously kicking,” Joa van Niekerk recalls of her sister’s antics. “She was going in circles. It was too funny! I jumped in and pulled her out.”

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