Border swimming was a province in South African sports situated between Eastern Province and the Transkei. It included the city of East London, Queenstown and King William's Town area. Smaller centres include Stutterheim, Fort Beaufort and Adelaide. The area developed mainly as a result of the 1820 Settlers influx, which resulted in the presence of a number of very good schools with strong aquatic sports traditions.
The South African aquatic championships of 1927 were held at the original beachfront Orient Baths in East London. The municipal Joan Harrison pool was named after the local girl who won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. Jonty Skinner, broke the worldrecod for the 100m freestyle, attended Selborne College in East London.
King William's Town
Founded as a fort in 1853, the town is thoroughly British in origin, and is home to a small number of colonial-era schools. The town swimming pool is defunct, although two of the schools have functioning pools. Click here to see a video of the dead pool.
English schools in the town include Queen's College and Primary, Queen's Town Girls High School, and Balmoral Primary. Afrikaans schools include Hoërskool Hangklip, although the school has now also become dual medium to accomodate the changing demographic of the pupils. The Girls High school and and the Hoërskool have swimming pools.
Queen's College was founded in 1858, and is the oldest colonial school, in the Border region. While other schools in the area, like Selbourne College and Grey High are ranked in the top six in the South African schools water polo ranking for 2017, Queen's College no longer has it's own swimming pool, and has to use the Queenstown Girls school pool. However they do stil have swimming and water polo activities, and in 2016 participated in the St Andrews Plate Tournament. Below is Kyle Westran receiving their Trophy for the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Year, and bottom is Joshua Green most improved Waterpolo player in 2016.
Queenstown Girls High School was founded in 1875.
The school does still have a functioning swimming pool, used by the Queen's College boys. Although the Girls School does not seem to have a water polo team, Rachel Kapniuas was the school swimming captain in 2017. The photo belows their school swimming trophies, as the school has an annual inter-house gala.
Laerskool en Hoërskool Hangklip
Queenstown Afrikaners got their own school only in 1946, which still survives today, albeit as a dual medium school since 2015. The school still has a swimming pool, although aquatic sports do not appear to practiced. Onder is die laerskool se top swemmers van 2017 - Zandri van Wyk onder 12 en JC Potgieter onder 13. Die skool sw swemmers neem a B Galas deel - gehou op King Killiam's Town en Stutterheim.