Swimming is a primary sport at SACS. Although swimming is primarily driven by local clubs the school does offer training sessions along with participation at the local A-league galas that are hosted in the summer terms. There are 7 A-league interschool’s galas across a season (Term 4-Term 1) held a various local schools. The galas are individual, relay or a combined individual/relay format. Each gala starts at 3.30pm on a Thursday and teams are selected based on the fastest times in each of the strokes over 50m. SACS also host an annual inter-house aquatic championship.
Newlands Gala was the climax of the swimming season; this gala has subsequently moved to various host schools over the last two years because of the closure of the Newlands Swimming Pool. Spirit committees and cheerleaders from the schools involved create a lively social occasion to watch the best swimmers in the Western Cape compete.
Swimming awards are based objectively on times achieved by the swimmers. Swimmers have to swim two qualifying times and may be awards a team award, a half-blue award and a full-blue award.
SACS has a good working relationship with the local swimming clubs ensuring that swimmers do get recognised for their achievements at the various level galas, SANJ and Senior/Youth National. Mr Rhys Hugo the master in charge of swimming and team swimming coach has coached at club and provincial level for a number of years and understands the national qualifying standards and the national and regional championship galas. He currently coaches at Vineyard Swimming Club.
Some notable past pupils:
Sebastien Rousseau- 3 Time Olympian, Commonwealth Games Medallist, University of Florida Scholarship, South African Record Holder, South African Senior National and Junior Age Group Champion.
Daniel Swanepoel- Junior World Championships, University of Iowa Scholarship, Provincial
Record Holder, South African Senior and Junior National Age Group Champion.
Zaahir Gamiet- National and Provincial Record Holder, National Age Group Champion
For more information on Swimming, please feel free to contact Mr Rhys Hugo (master in charge of swimming) by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org