Dylan Barnard of Fish Eagle Aquatics on his way to winning another silver medal. He eventually bagged one bronze and three silver medals at the Freda Barnard interprovincial gala.
SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - Fish Eagle Aquatics hosted the 32nd Freda Barnard Invitational Gala, their biggest interprovincial gala ever, in Oudtshoorn. A staggering 405 swimmers from 21 clubs out of five provinces took part in the two-day event.
This interprovincial gala is hosted annually by Fish Eagle Aquatics at the NA Smit Pool in Oudtshoorn.
The following clubs from SWD, Eastern Cape, Western Province, Free State and Mpumulanga participated: Aquabear, Barracudas, Bay Eagle Swim Club, Beat Swimming Team, Cape Dolphins, Cybersmart, Fins, Fish Eagle Aquatics, Flippers, Knysna Dragons, Kovsies, PEA, Paarl Aquatics, Players WC, Quicksilver, Team Watersmart, The Well, Tygerberg Aquatics, University of Stellenbosch, UWC Aquatics and Vineyard SC.
Port Elizabeth Aquatics (PEA) won the trophy for the club scoring the most points overall at this year's event. They were also the overall winners in 1999, 2001 & 2002.
The SWD swimmers from Fish Eagle Aquatics who received medals were:
Adri Muller (1 silver, 1 bronze), Aloma Kirsten (1 bronze), Amrè McCallum (2 silver), Andrew Vedder (2 silver), Anlizè Vermeulen (2 bronze), Anne Marais (2 gold, 1 silver), Benjamin Brink (1 silver), Carlissa Kuun (1 silver), Daniel van der Merwe (2 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze), Dylan Barnard (3 silver, 1 bronze), Etienne van Wyk (2 bronze), Eugene van der Merwe (3 bronze), George Marais (3 silver, 1 bronze), Hainto Vermeulen (1 silver, 1 bronze), Izell van der Westhuizen (6 gold, 1 silver), Kara van Niekerk (1 bronze), Kirsten Barbour (3 bronze), Leonard Kleynhans (1 silver), Lia Kotze (1 bronze), Luke Leggatt (2 silver, 2 bronze), Lunè vd Westhuizen (2 silver, 3 bronze), Marichen Heroldt (1 gold, 1 bronze), Matthew Cloete, (1 bronze), May du Plessis (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze), Melanie van Biljon (4 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze), Meyer Burger (1 silver, 2 bronze), Reinard Haupt (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), Ruan Sypkens (1 silver, 1 bronze), Trisha Pollicutte (5 silver, 4 bronze), Wilhelm Durr (1 bronze) and Yvonne du Plessis (1 gold, 2 silver).
The Knysna Dragons winners are:
Aimee Canny (7 gold) Alex Leiar ( 1 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze), Anola Walk (2 gold, 1 silver), Dino Persello (1 silver, 2 bronze), Emma Kiely (2 gold, 1 silver), Jamie Hattingh (1 bronze), Kendra Underwood (1 silver, 5 bronze), Rensburg van Rooyen (2 bronze), Riaan de Bruyn (1 bronze) and Thomas Ferguson (1 silver, 2 gold).
AC Kleynhans (1 bronze), Heike Janse van Vuuren(1 bronze), Maree Pio (2 bronze) and Mirè Reinstorf (1 bronze).
The medals were sponsored by Mrs Freda Barnard and some of the former provincial swimmers she coached, namely Henko Rademeyer, Phillip Goets, Blain de Villiers, J.P. du Plessis, Eureka Barnard and Delia van Biljon.
Other sponsors were TYR, FNB, My KWIKSPAR Wilderness, Bramhope Safety Solutions, South Cape College, Ruan and Dewald Sypkens, Redberry Farm, Gazebo World, Safari Braai, Mediclinic, Oudtshoorn Municipality, SANDF Oudtshoorn and SWD Aquatics.
The gala was named after Freda Barnard, one of the pioneers of swimming in South Western District, whose vision it was to amalgamate the various swimming clubs in the region into one club to the benefit of all swimmers. Barnard's vision, who started her swimming club in Oudtshoorn in 1970, was realised through the formation of Fish Eagle Aquatics by founder members Sybeth Hughes, Erica Menton and Delia van Biljon.
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