South West African Pools and Places

South West Africa was a province in South African swimming until 1990. The very large country had few towns or swimming pools. Windhoek was the main centre, and home of Springbok swimmer Dorothea Neumeister, who dominated the women's breaststroke events at the South African swimming championships in the late 1970's. 

The holiday town of Swakopmund did famously build an Olympic sized swimming pool with a fully retractable roof, but that pool has now disappeared, although it was the venue of a Springbok swimming tour event in 1982. A number of schools in the capital have pools, and the Windhoek municipality does operate a few pools - including a 50m facility built in 2004, to replace the older Jan Jonker Municipal swimming pool. 

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