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Strong team for IPC champs

A team of 20 South African swimmers will be in action at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands from August 15-21.

The squad will be accompanied by manager Daphne Bird, coach Theo Verster and 10 other administrative personnel.

Among the top swimmers in the line-up are paralympics ace Natalie du Toit, recently in action at the World Open Water Championships in Canada, rising star Kevin Paul and shark-bite victim Achmat Hassiem.

A total of 659 athletes from 55 different countries will be competing at the championships, one of the largest of any previous championships.

The meeting is vital for South Africa’s swimmers as these are the first stages of the long qualification process for the next Olympic Games in London, 2012.

“It’s a strong team with definite medal chances,” said Bird.

“Our top hopes will rest with Natalie (Du Toit), Kevin (Paul) and Charl (Bouwer) as well as Shireen (Sapiro).

“It’s also the first time in many years that we have swimmers in  the S14 category (intellectually challenged). In this regard Craig Groenewald is expected to do well.

“Other S14 swimmers are Challis Wright and Yvonne Smith. It’s Smith’s first major international competition.”

Other debutantes for this competition will be Hendri Herbst and  Marike Naude.

The SA team: Sarah Shannon, Adri Visser, Beth Nothling, Chad Gifford, Hendrik van der Merwe, Sibusiso Mogale, Christiaan Du Plessis, Natalie Du Toit, Emily Gray, Achmat Hassiem, Kevin Paul, Shireen Sapiro, Charl Bouwer, Renette Bloem, Sean Clarke, Craig Groenewald, Hendri Herbst, Marike Naude, Challis Wright, Yvonne Smith.

–Sapa–

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6th FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships: Women’s 10km Results

2010 Roberval Women’s 10km Results

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Final Entries Closed for IPC Swimming World Championships

With the final entry deadline past, the list of athletes and teams set to compete in the upcoming 2010 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships has reached a record level.

A total of 664 athletes from 57 different countries will be participating in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, competing for the gold, silver and bronze medal in their respective event. The number of participating athletes and countries in Eindhoven will be one of the largest of any previous Swimming World Championships.

Participation also includes one athlete representing Trinidad & Tobago, whose National Paralympic Committee was ratified as a member of the IPC in 2009.

For other teams participating, the official ‘Team Leaders Manual’ is now available online on the IPC Swimming website. The manual offers a complete and comprehensive overview of all matters related to the World Championships in Eindhoven, including transportation, accommodation, logistics and the competition schedule.

Many high-profile athletes will be at the World Championships, including South Africa’s Paralympic gold medallist Natalie du Toit, Great Britain’s Eleanor Simmonds, USA’s Erin Popovich, Canada’s Donovan Tildesley, and Australia’s rising star Ahmed Kelly.

Coverage of the competitions will be available on the IPC’s official internet channel www.ParalympicSport.TV, as well as on Great Britain’s Channel Four, the official broadcaster of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and ABC in Australia.

The 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships will take place from 15-21 August inside the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium. Many of the athletes competed previously at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, 2009 IPC Swimming European Championships in Iceland, 2009 IPC Swimming World Championships Short Course in Brazil, and the 2010 BT Paralympic World Cup in Great Britain.

The World Championships are organized with the help of the NPC The Netherlands, the Foundation WC Swimming 2010, Disabled Sports the Netherlands, the city of Eindhoven, and the Dutch Swimming Federation (KNZB).

Along with competitions, a number of side events are also taking place in Eindhoven, like a presentation of the latest in Swimming innovations, reunion of former Paralympic swimmers, and various meetings of sports associations and coaches. The big event will also be offering a special Observers’ Programme for all Organizing Committees who are interested in planning future Swimming competitions. The Observers’ Programme will be lead by representatives from the IPC and the Local Organizing Committee in Eindhoven.

For more information about the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships, please visit www.wcswimming2010.com.

For more information about IPC Swimming, please visit the official website at www.ipc-swimming.org.

To find the qualification rankings for IPC Swimming, please visit http://www.ipc-swimming.org/rankings/.

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Du Toit, Ho to fly the flag
Source:  Sowetan
07 July 2010
Meshack Khotha


ON TOP OF THE WORLD : Gold medallist Natalie du Toit will compete at the Fina Open Water World Champs in Canada next week. Photo: AP

YOUNG GUN: Chad Ho, the first South African to win bronze at an Open Water World Championship. Photo: Richard Shorey

SA Olympians raise the bar

OLYMPIAN and amputee Natalie du Toit will be part of the formidable Swimming South Africa team that will compete at the Fina Open Water Swimming World Championships in Canada from July 15 to 23.

Another distinguished swimmer, Chad Ho, will carry the country’s flag high in the world championships at Roberval.

Both swimmers were given the nod by Swimming SA after their remarkable performances at the Telkom SA Open Water Championships in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal in April where they won 10km national titles.

The hard-working 26-year-old Du Toit is a multiple Paralympics gold medallist and she is the first athlete to carry a flag in both the Olympics and Paralympics in a single year. This happened at the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics.

She became the first amputee ever to qualify for the Olympics, where she placed 16th in the 10km marathon swim in Beijing.

On March 10 she was named the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability for “breaking down the barriers between disabled and able-bodied sport”.

Ho won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Rome in the 5km race – the first South African to win a medal at an Open Water World Championships.

A year before that Ho finished ninth at the Olympic Games in the 10km Open Water Swim. He achieved all this before he was 21. Both Du Toit and Ho will take part in the 5km and 10km races.

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