Lee McGregor


A contemporary of swimming Karen Muir (above), Lee was a dominant force in South African swimming during the late 1960's and early 70's. He was originally from Natal, and lated moved to Cape Town, where he was coached by Niels Bouws.  After placing in a number of events he won his Springbok colours at the 1969 Cape Town nationals, and at the 1970 nationals in Pretoria he won the backstroke and 200IM events, while in 1971 at Newlands in Cape Town he added the 200 and 1500 freestyle, for a haul of 5 medals. He quit swimming then, making a comeback in in 1977, where he won the 100 backstroke - in a new national record time.

Like other Springbok swimmers who continue to make headlines - Paul Blackbeard Graham Hill, Kevin Richards and Jonty Skinner - he also excelled in surf lifesaving. Today he continues to add to his international accomplishments as a sailor, ocean ironman, surfski racer and river paddler. Lee has represented South Africa over 50 times in surf-ski, canoeing, surf lifesaving and swimming events.

  • 2013 7th Berg River marathon - age 61
  • 2012 Winner Gold and Bronze World masters K-1 & K-2 Champs, Rome, Italy
  • 2012 400 m Freestyle, South African Masters Record-holder
  • 2006 -2011  Kayak Marathon Coach, won numerous Gold Medals, Junior & Senior Titles
  • 2004-2007  Olympic Kayak Coach, South Africa
  • 2002 South African Surf Ironman Champion
  • 1995 Finlandia Champion, Chicago to New York
  • 1972 Olympic Swimming Captain for South Africa to Munich Olympics
  • 5 titles at SA Championships - two SA records

His earlier sailing career is equally impressive: in 1970 he was skipper on a yacht exploring the reefs of Europe Island , in the late 70s he sailed around the World with his family and skippered maxis on the international circuit for a few years. Actually he paddled a canoe for the first time only in 1985, but then never looked back and had many victories locally and overseas.

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