Articles provided by Brian Stewart himself, SA backstroke and medley national champion from 1963 - 1968, and he also won a number of British Championship titles. Today he runs a successful brewery in the Natal midlands called Shongweni Brewery (www.shongwenibrewery.co.za)
Started swimming in 1960 in Pretoria aged 15 and broke my first SA swim record in the 220 yds Backstroke in the Nationals in Pta: time 2.27.1. My SA record when I retired in 1968 had come down to 2.18.2 (still in yds). I also improved the SA record for 110 yds backstroke from 66,6 to 63.1 (1.5 secs outside the then world record) in this time. I was also SA Record holder for three years for the 220 yds IM.
During my career I won a total of 13 SA National and 3 British Titles as follows:
1962: Pretoria: 220 yds Backstroke
1963: Cape Town: 110 yds Backstroke; 220 yds Backstroke
1964: Port Elizabeth: 110 yds Backstroke; 220 yds Backstroke.
1964 Crystal Palace London UK: 110 yds and 220yds British Backstroke titles.
1965: Salisbury: 110 yds Backstroke; 220 yds Backstroke; Best Male swimmer of the Tournament.
1965; Blackpool UK: 110 yds British Backstroke title and placed second in 220 yds Backstroke to Ralph Hutton Olympic finalist in 1964.
1966: Durban: 110 yds Backstroke; 220 yds Backstroke; Best Male swimmer of the Tournament
1967: Johannesburg: 200m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle; 200m Ind Medley
1968: Bloemfontein: 100m Backstroke; 200m IM; Best Male swimmer of the Tournament: Selected for 1968 Mexico Olympics
1964 Tour of Britain and Europe
1965: Tour of Britain and Europe; Test vs West Germany in Johannesburg
1966: Tour of France, USA and Canada
1967: Tour of Europe;
1968: Tour of Rhodesia (3 tests)
I coached in Windhoek and Bloemfontein after I retired in 1968 and SA was banned from the Mexico Olympics...still got the letter from Alex Bulley advising me of this!
In Namibia I coached Dorothea Neumeister (Springbok in about 1972) who was later taken over by Larry Laursen (also one of my swimmers) (when I left for Bloemfontein) and who still coaches there. In Bloem I coached Dougie Eager, and Charl Venter (Springbok about 1980) I retired from coaching after that to pursue my career as a development economist (coaching was a part-time thing for me) started playing water polo masters an swam masters for several years before my body started objecting at this abuse! LOL.
International Development Consultant