Alex Bulley was the official SAASU coach for decades - and he was there when many of the most famous moments of South African swimming history took place.
With Karen Muir at Blackpool in 1965
from the 1949 Personalities pages
with Laura Ranwell, Tich McLachlan and Aubrey Burer at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games
The following was kindly provided by Ron Duff.
Alex Bulley was Coach to the South African swimming team from the time of the 1930 Empire Games (Hamilton, Canada) and he then served as Coach/Manager of nearly all South African swimming teams, right through until at least the 1967 South African swimming team tour of Europe, etc.
Alex Bulley dedicated more than 37 years of loyal and unstinting service to South African Swimming.
Besides Coaching/Managing SA National teams for more than 37 years … Alex Bulley was also Coach/Manager to virtually all of the Natal Amateur Swimming Association teams during that period.
Alex Bulley formed Techs Swimming Club, in Durban, during the mid-1950s.
There is a swimming pool (in Durban) named after Alex Bulley.
(And Alex Bulley was always purely an amateur coach – he never turned ‘professional’ and so never earned 1-cent from his dedication to swimming).
Merely for the record – Alex Bulley’s involvement with South African swimming (at an international level) included:
1930 : Empire Games, Hamilton– Coach
1934 : Empire Games, London– Coach
1938 : Empire Games, Sydney– Coach
1939 : SA vs Australia, Durban– Coach
(1940 – 1945 : War service – prisoner of war, Italy)
1950 : Empire Games – Auckland- Coach
1952 : Olympic Games, Helsinki– Coach/Manager
1954 : Empire Games, Vancouver– Coach/Manager
1956 : Olympic Games, Melbourne – Coach/Manager
1958 : Empire Games, Cardiff– Coach
1960 : Olympic Games, Rome– Coach/Manager
1962 – SA vs Japan, South Africa– Coach
1964 – SA tour to Germany, England– Coach/Manager
1965 – SA tour to Europe– Coach/Manager
1966 – SA tour to France, USA, Canada– Coach/Manager
1967 – SA vs Canada, South Africa– Coach
1967 – SA tour to Europe– Coach/Manager
(and I think that he was also Coach/Manager for the 1968 SA vs Rhodesia and 1968 SA vs Canada swimming events – but, as I had already left Durban at that stage, I can’t be absolutely certain !!!).
Alex Bulley also represented South African the Council of FINA (Fédèration Internationale de Natation) – the international federation for swimming – for many, many years.
His last resting place