1957 Bulawayo

The Borrow Street baths, Bulawayo - 1957. Touring Dutch swimmers with coach Jan Stender, from the Robben ASC ,included  Mary Kok, Tin Lenie de Nijs, Atie Voorbij, competed in the South African aquatic championships. The Dutch girls won the 4x100 medley relay by 11 seconds, from Transvaal in second place. Lenie de Nijs remained in SA for a period, competing in the 1958 SA Champiosnhips for Eastern Transvaal, and winning a number of titles, before returning home to Hilversum. While in South Africa the Dutch girls swam a number of WR times, but not in 50 m length pools. Mary Kok is credited with a new 800 yards WR set in Durban on 16 February 1957. 

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Swimming coach Santa van Jaarsveld - at a younger age




Dutch swimming coach Jan Stender with the Robben Club  visiting South Africa

Mary Kok (left) and  Tin Lenie de NijsAtie Voorbij (right) , with coach Jan Stender (below)


Natal swimmers swimming at Glenwood High school - Tony Dumas, Molly Duff, Pixie Hall, I Wilson and from Rhodesian champion swimmer John Snoep.

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