The University of Stellenbosch has a history of sporting excellenece - particularly in the traditional Afrikaans-dominated sports like rugby and netball. Aquatic sports at the university has benefitted from an indoor 25m pool built in the 1980's, as well as a new 50m outdoor pool opened in 2013. Before these developments Stellenbosch was not prominent in western Province swimming due the lack of a coach and an indoor facility.
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The Maties Swimming Club was founded in 1927. Up until 1980 the club had only consisted of students, but with the arrival of Libby Burrel as full time coach a subsection for non-students was founded. The club has since flourished under full time head coaches Santa van Jaarsveld, Petro Nortje, and current head coach Pierre de Roubaix.
The club has a proud tradition of excellence, including an Olympic bronze medal in 1996 and a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2002, as well as a number or gold and other medals at All Africa Games. This tradition continues till today with club producing Provincial and National team representatives. The 2017 Western Province team which included 25 swimers from Maties Swimming Club.
The Matie Swimming Club has a history of excellence, producing multiple Olympians, an Olympic medal, Commonwealth games medals, national record holders, and national champions. Below are some of the club’s International and more well-known swimmers. Early Springboks Letchen Walden, Peter Storzner and Alletta Vos were all coached by Cape Town legend coach Clara Aurik.
Coach Pierre de Roubaix
Stellenbosch University Springbok/International swimmers
|Letchen Walden - 1975|
|Peter Storzner - 1975|
|Aletta Vos - 1976|
|Herman Nienaber - 1984|
|Marianne Kriel - Olympic silver medalist - 1996|
|Heerden Herman - 2012 Olympian and Rhodes scholar|
|Hendrik Odendaal - Paul Roos Gymnasium graduate medalled at the 2002 Commonwealth Games|
|Renette Bloem - 2012 paralympian|
|Johann Coetzee - deaflympics|
|Caitlin Kat - two golds at Africa Games 2016|
|Trudi Maree - 2012 Olympian, also attended Florida International University from 2008.|
|Hendri Herbst - paralympian|
|Charl Bouwer - paralympian - won gold in both 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.|