1959 Johannesburg

Australians John Devitt, Terry Gathercole, Ilsa Konrads, Beverley Bainbridge tour southern Africa. Their itineray of galas ran from March 11th to April 4th covering South Africa and the then Rhodesia.

Ellis Park

  Men       Women    

100 Don Watson E le Roux Tich McLachlan   Natalie Steward Vivienne Burer Natalie Myburgh
220 Tich McLachlan Dirk Rosema Ernst Hermeler   Natalie Myburgh Natalie Steward Kriekie de Bruyn
440 Tich McLachlan Dirk Rosema Patrick Cullen   Kriekie de Bruyn Natalie Myburgh Helen Saltman
800         Kriekie de Bruyn Natalie Myburgh Helen Saltman
1650 Tich McLachlan Patrick Cullen Dirk Rosema        

110 Ian Human Ronnie McGowan Peter Hugo   Natalie Steward Laura Ranwell Susan Roberts

220 Freddie McCullum Anthony Ballantine Carl Dyason   Joan Rocchi Helena Schuurman Pixie Hall

440 Chris Gould Tich McLachlan Alastair Barnetson   Natalie Steward    
Free relay            
Medley relay            
440 Eastern Transvaal WP Ntvl   Transvaal    


Water Polo Currie Cup          
Ellis Brown            


Cecil Colwin story:

An amusing story I'll always associate with our first meeting happened in 1959 when an Australian swimming team toured South Africa, where I was coaching.

A large crowd packed the Ellis Park Swimming Stadium in Johannesburg to see the world-class Aussie swimmers perform. John Devitt, who had broken Jon Henrick's 100 meter freestyle world record two years earlier, set the scene when he covered the distance in a time just short of his own world record when, suddenly, a strange little man, wearing a weird headdress and what looked like an Hawaiian skirt, appeared on the pool deck. He announced himself as King Hame-ha-ha of Honolulu, Hawaii.

"I wish to challenge the great John Devitt to a test of speed," he announced over the PA system.

The little man jumped into the pool and grabbed the side of the pool, saying that because of his own tremendous speed, he would allow Devitt to start from the block while he pushed off from the wall.

No one could see that the challenger had secretly hooked a long underwater rope to his belt. The other end of the rope went around a pulley, which was set up in the shadows at the other end of the pool and held by several men standing on the lawn in the dark, ready to pull.

At the start, Devitt leaped into the pool, only to see his challenger whiz past him to finish half a pool's length ahead.

However, the next evening, when the "stunt" was staged again, Devitt's pal, Gathercole, came rushing out of the dark with a large pair of garden shears. Just when "The Hawaiian" was about three-quarters of the way down the pool, the crowd to their huge delight saw Terry snap the shears clean through the rope.

A dozen burly fellows pulling on the rope fell flat on their backs, while Devitt went on to win easily.

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