PV swimmers ride the crest of the wave as they swim to victory.
During Parel Vallei’s foundational years, the head of the swim team undertook a bold endeavor. Miss Kuhn approached Strand Highschool and Hottentots-Holland High to request whether the school could participate in the Helderberg Inter-schools’ competition.
This contest would take place annually at the Strand Municipal swimming pool and included several schools in the surrounding area. Each year they would eagerly compete for the esteemed trophy. Regrettably, over the years many of the participating schools reduced the amount of attention and time offered to swimming. Subsequently, the Inter-schools’ competition was no longer organsised, due to the exponential decrease in participation.
Despite the discontinuation of the contest, the Parel Vallei swim team continued to practice at Beaumont Primary and Strand Municiple swimming pool. This persistent determination has paid of in the form of excellent achievement.
Some of the brilliant results include: Lucy Saunders, who attained her South African colours in Life Saving and Ashley Oliver, who was selected twice as a member of the South African junior team, and participated in Brazil.
In addition, Christine Zwiegers, Yolandi van der Merwe, Shannon van Konynenburg, John van Zyl, Nic de Vos and Arlin Lincol achieved outstanding results on a national level.
ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:
A grade 8 gala and inter-house gala are held annually with great enthusiasm. The team also competes in various regional relay galas.
Swimming practice for non-team members is held twice a week.
With achievements like these, we eagerly look forward to having our own pool for swimming training and water-polo, so take the plunge and contact Ms Marelise Kuhn.
* Please refer to our school Communicator for daily updates in regards to results and dates.