Clara Aurik was the 1977 South African Coach of the Year , with Springboks Karen van Helden, Jane Weir, Altta Vos, Allan Furniss, Carl Loubscher and Olympic medalist Marianne Kriel and many others to her credit. The former Dutch water polo player and swimmer, and Cape Town Masters Swimmer, was an institution in the Western province swimming scene. The year before being voted Coach of the Year, SAASU saw fit to ban her from the pool during nationals - so she sneaked in wearing a disguise!
with Karen van Helden
with Rhodesian and Western Province swimmer Butch Christiansen
In 1977 Clara was banned by SAASU from attending nationals becasue of a disagreement with the WPASA over team selection
Clara - Masters swimmer
June 2012 - In the CTMSC there was a segment that made provision for honorary membership.
This is something that we as a committee felt unsure of whether we should start to open this “can of worms” because this title is something that must we must be very careful with bestowing upon members.
This is not something that should be granted to every second member who does something spectacular or amazing, that happens a lot in a club with so many superstars!
An amendment was made to the constitution where the committee now has to vote to decide whether this status may be bestowed upon such a member
Any club member may propose a likely candidate, with a GOOD motivation, if any, and then the committee will have a vote on this.
This is a vote the members of the committee will have time to think about and investigate before the vote is cast. Note, that this is something SPECIAL, we may not see this again in our lifetimes, it takes someone very special to even be considered for this award.
We have a member amongst us, that truly qualifies for this status. She has been a loyal club member for many years and even after her swimming career ended she still attends every gala she can and even travel to Nationals every year.
When I started Masters I thought she was some-one's mother!!! She organizes officials at all our local galas, she organizes the venue for the WPAGM and CTMSC
AGM at least every one I've been to. She still serves on the WPMasters committee, coaches masters swimmers, involved with LTS programs and generally promotes masters swimming around every corner and opportunity she gets.