Home of 1952 Olympic gold medallist Joan Harrison and world record holder Jonty Skinner - East London is the home of Border swimming. The SA Championships were held in the city an number of times since 1927. In 1904 the Quanza pools were built on the beach, which later becme the Orient Baths, named after ships wrecked on the beach. Later the Joan Harrison swimming complex was built, where the senior nationals and SA Schools championships have also been held.
Although not much of their swimming history is known, Border schools with a strong swimming - and more recently water polo - tradition. In East London these include Selborne College (alma mater of Jonty Skinner), Clarendon Girls (Joan Harrison's alma mater), Hudson Park (new 25m pool), Port Rex and newcomer Merriefield College, while Stirling High boasts an indoor heated 25m pool. Grens Hoërskool and Cambridge High also have their own pools and participate in the local galas and water polo tournaments.
King Williamstown has traditionally also been part of Border sports. Famous local schools are Dale College for Boys and Kaffrarian School for Girls. The municipal swimming pool in King also hosted a number of galas over th years.
Queenstown, where the town pool was opened in 1929, is home to Queen's College, Girls High school, Balmorals Primary and Hangklip. It seems the town pool used by Queen's College is no longer operational, while the Girls school share a pool with Balmoral. Hangklip and Queen's College primary still have working pools.
Border swimming team 1974
Susan Hamilton, Michelle Vides, Tim Bugler, Danielle Vides, Debbie Vaughan, Cass Shelver, David Vides, Greg Carswell, Pierre Rousseau, Brent Bugler and Carolyn Carswell.
Mrs Vaugn and Mr Vides in centre, Jenny Hardwich in front middle.
Joan Harrison pool