The historic town of George is home to a number of schools, a municipal swimming pool and private club pools. South Western Districts (SWD) - today part of Western Province - is the sporting province for the area around George, although traditionally it lay within the borders of Eastern Province. George is known internationally for hosting the World Sevens Rugby Tour on its South Arican leg, reflecting the town's enthusiasm for rugby.
The oldest school in George was known as Die Bult - which opened in 1912. Of the local schools York High School is ranked number 39 in the national water polo rankings in 2017, while nearby Glenwood House from Knysna ranked number 26.
The local swimming clubs is Fish Eagle Aquatics swimming club and the Royal swimming Academy, with learn to swim swim schools George Swim School and Little Flippers. Six schools in George have their own swimming pools include the state schools - Carpe Diem, which has a 25m indoor pool, Outeniqua, George Suid laerskool, as well as two private schools Holy Cross primary (below) and Glenwood House.
Swimmers in the area can participate in House Galas, Schools Relay galas, Inter Schools Galas held in Outdshoorn or George, the Tuinroute gala held at Hartenbos laerskool, as well as club galas. SWD participates in inter-provincial galas with swimmers from George, Mosselbay, Knysna, Outdshoorn and the smaller centres being selected.
Besides the schools, there are a number of tertiary institutions in and around George, although they don't have a history of aquatic sports participation. They include Saasveld Forestry college, PW Botha Kollege and South Cape College.
Conville Municipal swimming pool
The school - known as the Kwaggas - is an Afrikaans medium school founded in 1923. The school has a swimming pool, and participates in galas as well as water polo tournaments. In 2015 the follow pupils of Outeniqua received SWD colours for water polo Seuns - Roean van Dolderen, Paul Rademeyer, Jason Phooko en Mareé Pio. Dogters : Raye van Rooyen, Luné van der Westhuizen en Inge Stander. Besides swimming and water polo, the school excels in biathlon - swimming and running - with two pupils winning gold medals at the 2017 South African Biathlon Championships in Paarl - Yvonne du Plessis (under 19) and Gustav Schlechter (under 15)(below).
The school has its onw pool, and competes in a number of galas - Colours Gala, 2 Relay Galas, Garden Route Gala and their own Prestige Gala. Children also participate in tweekamp - or biathlon - at provincial level.
Senior and Junior Victrix Ludorum - Abigail Olivier en Lizanne Pretorius
Senior and Junior Victor Ludorum Christian Hattingh, Aldert van Zyl, Hendriko Nel.
Outeniqua Laerskool leerlinge in die 2017 SWD tweekamp span: Christian Hattingh (SWD A u/13), Abigail Olivier (SWD B u/13),
Cherise Spangenberg (SWD B u/11) and Emma Lutsch (SWD B u/11)
York High School
When it opened in 1975 York was the only English high school between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Although it does not have its own pool, the school is active in swimming and has 5 water polo teams.
SWIMMING at York really started in 1987 with the establishment of the Southern Cape Swimming Association. Within three years York completely dominated swimming in the Southern Cape. This was due to: Young swimmers from the Convent Junior School, the generous offer of the George Suid and Kruinsig pools for training, the enthusiastic team spirit generated by Willie Jooste and his helpers and the benefit derived from club coaching since 1992.
York's senior girls water polo team beat the Woodridge first team in a nail-biting match with Captain Julia Miller scoring the winning goal 41 seconds before the end of the match. York, from left: Emma Kiley, Caitlyn Price, Carey Dodds, Aimee Cronje, Julia Miller (captain), Megan Bolttler, Lara Wingrave, Samantha Harvey, Moya Moorcraft and Donna Julian. Front: Miss Haley Kayser (coach).
York High School house gala - at the Holy Cross Primary school swimming pool.
The Holy Cross Convent was founded in 1843 by Father A. Devereux. The Holy Cross Sisters took over the running of the school in 1895 and left 100 years later. Today the school has a 25m pool, and pupils participate in swimming galas and water polo. Below is Luke Leggatt (left) and Sérgio Dos Santos, both pupils of Holy Cross Primary School, did exceptionally well at the SWD Swimming Short Course Championships 2014.
Glenwood House is a private school opened in 2006. It has a full size water polo pool - click here to see a video of players at Glenwood. Glenwood House is ranked 25th in the 2017 South African schools water polo rankings - not to be confused with Glenwood High from Durban, which is ranked 2nd in the country. Schools from the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and the Southern Cape will be participating in the Glenwood Xtreme Water Polo tournament, which is a pre-season competition made possible by the newly heated GWH aquatics center. Click here to see more about water polo in the South Western Districts (SWD).
Laerskool George Suid built a swimming pool in 1982, and participates in all of the local SWD galas. It also has an active biathlon programme, for under 9, 11 and 13 age groups.