Le Clos sets up legacy training facility

JOHANNESBURG, 16 November 2016 - South Africa's Olympic hero is hoping to develop and mentor the next crop of talented youngsters in the pool. L Video: eNCA

CAPE TOWN - Chad le Clos is turning his attention to swimming development.

South Africa's Olympic hero is hoping to mentor the next crop of talented youngsters in the pool.

Le Clos, who still plans to compete at the highest level, has set up camp at Jan van Riebeeck High School in Cape Town.

 

 

"We only have about 5 or 6 swimmers at the moment, elite swimmers joining us," said Le Clos.

"Cameron van der Burgh, Danie Marais among others that are going to be joining us here and we going to create the Academy for a long term projects for after the World Championship in July next year."

The 24-year old knows he let himself down at this year’s Rio Olympics and wants to correct that.

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"I feel it’s an educational process. To get swimmers to that level you have to start off slowly, there’s certain levels that you have to go through and that’s what I basically want to do for the country and I want to be a part of that,” he added.

While the historic and picturesque Jan van Riebeeck High School in central Cape Town will be the initial training centre, one of Le Clos's future plans is to develop a world class swimming facility like the Kings Park Swimming Pool in Durban.

“It’s about promoting swimming ... I want to leave a legacy," Le Clos said.

 

 

"In SA we are losing a lot of swimmers, young swimmers in the system. We are just missing them because they don’t have that right structure coming through and I feel like I have the opportunity now, it’s my duty to the nation to do that and I’m very proud to have this opportunity."

* Watch the full video report by Justin Ford in the gallery above.

 

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