1952 was a momentous year for South African swimming. 6 Springbok swimmers, including East London schoolgirl Joan Harrison swam in the Helsinki Olympic Games. Joan won a gold medal in the women's 110 yards backstroke! This was the first swimming gold medal won by a South African.
The Springbok waterpolo team also competed, winning a number of games.
Action during the match of South Africa and Brazil (9-2) at the Olympic pool of Helsinki,on July 29th, 1952.
South Africa: Aucamp W., Pappas D, Goddard G., Melville D., Meredith R., Cohen D, Van Gent J
Brazil: Cunha Figueiredo, Perri E, Havelange J, De Alencar Rodrigues S, Sili D, Caiado de Castro C, Kelly dos Santos M.
10 Febraury 1952 - Dennis Ford wins all 5 freestyle events at the Transvaal championships held at the Wits pool.
March 30, 1952. Peter Pirow sets a new South African record for 220 yards freetyle at University of Witwatersrand gala. He also wins the 110 yards breaststroke and 150 yds medley.
University of Witwatersrand swimming pool
1952 South African Aquatic championships - the Ellis Brown Trophy won by Transvaal
Pat Koyd (Western Province)
Transvaal high schools swimming gala - Ellis Park 1952. King Edward VII (KES) finished first, followed by Marist Brothers and Jeppe Boys High School.
Springbok swimmers in the Tranvaal training for the 1952 Olympic Games - with no heated pool.