Visiting Teams

Over the years a number of competitors, teams and coaches have visited South Africa, where they gave clinics, exhibitions and competed in local events. With further research information of these visitors might be located.

An early Australian visitor was Ernest Cavil - Champion of Australia and America - in 1898. Below is report from the EP Herald of 10 March, showing Cavill at the "new baths" built in Port Elizabeth, which also reports the creation of the PE Amateur Swimming club on Tuesday 8 March, 1898. A Carnival was held to celebrate the opening of the pool, and Mr Cavil gave an exhibition.

Australian swim teams visited in 1939 and 1970, while Japanese (1962), Dutch (1963) and in 1967 and 1968 Canadians led by Elaine Tanner visited. Some came alone - swimmers like Don Schollander, English champion Hilda James and diver Ann  Ross - stayed for weeks, traveling throughout the country, and often up to Rhodesia.

Various Olympic Coaches like Don Gambril, Robert Kiphuth and Deryk Snelling also visited the country.

In 1973 a number of internationals like Olympic medalists David Wilkie (Great Britain) and Seve Genter  (USA) competed in the South African Games. Other international swimmers at the SA Games were J de Brunne, F Monod, S Nieser from Switserland, world record holder Susan Atwood, A Simmons for the USA, Kurt Steinbach, R Remmel, J Weber, W Kusch,  A Kober, F Meeuw, H Gunter-Vesseler, P Nows from West Germany

From 1968 until 1980 South Africa regularly competed against Rhodesia, with many competitors form that country visiting South Africa. A few tours also came from de Sportivo Club in Lorenzo Marques in Mozambique, although never an official team to compete against the Springboks.

In March 1983 a team of school's swimmers from Taiwan visited South Africa.


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