Kearsney

private school outside Pietermaritzburg that was set up by local millionaire James Hullett in 1921. With two swimming pools, ten swim teams and 15 water polo team. the school is very committed to aquatic sports today. 


The Jollands family have produced an number of aquatic starts. Martin Jollands first won Springbok colours for water polo in 1975, while Mark Jollands tied for first place at the 1995 SA Championships when he and Gary Albertyn both swam 1:53,78 for the 200 freestyle. Mark later took up a swimming scholarship at the University of Alabama. Before them Gordon Jollands and David Jollands were the school swimming captains in 1966 and 1969 respectively. Grant Jollands and Craig Jollands won colours for swimming in 1995 and 2000. 

Mart Jollands wrote:

I am one of four brothers Gordon, David, myself and Clive. We were all swimming and water polo captains in the sixties and seventies.Kearsney has always had a rich culture of water polo instilled in the early sixties by two teachers who were ex-players, Denis 'Bov' Bovey, who was a hard as nails centre back for Southern Suburbs in the halycyon Transvaal days of the Fifties, and later became a Natal referee and selector. The other teacher was Mike 'Moose' Mossom, an extremely powerful goal-keeper; both teachers were polo characters who nurtured the commendable polo culture. Kearsney was one of the first schools in KZN to play water polo, together with Maritzburg College, Hilton, Michaelhouse and also a little known school called Howick. When we left school, we all played senior provincial water polo, Gordon for Natal B, David for Natal A, I also played for Natal A and EP and first played for SA in 1975; Clive played for the first SA schools side to be chosen as well as Transvaal and OFS seniors. Gordon's three sons are the later generation of swimmers who really excelled and all gained scholarships to the US where they all performed with distinction, and where they all all now reside.

Gordons sons are Mark who won the 200 Freestyle, Grant ( GD on the website ) and Craig ( CA on the website ), Grant was a 4X100 Individual Medley and Backstroke specialist, Craig was a 400 800 and 1500 specialist.

Both the above-mentioned teachers also coached the Kearsney swimmimg team which was always placed second to DHS in the annual inter-schools swimming galas, so the swimming culture was every bit as strongand encouraged as the polo one .


Andre Eerenstein set an Africa record in the 100m butterfly at nationals in 1994.

Another Kearsney graduate is Myles Brown (below), who swam at the 2016 Olympic Games.

 


The honours boards from  Kearsney College provide the names of their aquatic stars: (Credit to Hugh Bland)

 



 
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