Don Schollander was the first swimmer to win four gold medals at one Olympic Games -1964 In Tokyo. In December 1967 he came to South Africa for a short visit, arranged by SAASU President Harry Getz, after Schollander met the Spingboks in California during their 1966 tour. This is his story of the trip, which he describes as "the worst trip" he has ever been on! probably because SAASU dragged him to Brakpan, Bethlehem, Kimberley, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and eventually Cape Town - within three weeks over the Christmas holidays. At every stop he had to swim two or three races and give an exhibition - all because the provincial associations had paid for his trip, and sold many tickets for local to see the famous Don Schollander! He wrote of his trip in a book called Deep Water.
After the last gala in Cape Town, Karen Muir and other swimmers saw them off at the airport, where Karen gave him a note - imploring him to help South Africa get to the 1968 Olympic Games. She said that this was all she had dreamed of - for a chance to prove herself at the Olympic Games.
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