DURBAN, South Africa, May 17. SWIMMING South Africa has rewarded some of its top swimmers and coaches for their recent success at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and World Short Course Championships in Shanghai. In all, nine athletes and five coaches were compensated with money for their performances.
Roland Schoeman, among the globe’s premier sprinters, was rewarded with the largest check, as he was presented with R27,500. Meanwhile, Ryk Neethling wasn’t far behind with a total of R25,000. On the female side, Natalie du Toit was handed R20,000 for her Paralympic gold double in the 50 and 100 freestyle at the Commonwealth Games.
Swimming South Africa designed the rewards to encourage excellence from its swimmers. For the Commonwealth Games, R10,000 was presented for a gold medal while silver and bronze medals were honored with R5,000 and R2,500. As for the World Short Course Champs, the breakdown was R5,000 for gold, R2,500 for silver and R1,250 for bronze.
“Obviously we want to make sure that we encourage great performances at international events and we want to give those young swimmers that are just below the top something to aim for,” said SSA Performance Manager Rushdee Warley. “We want to recognize these swimmers’ achievements for the country and for Swimming South Africa at the Commonwealth Games and the World Short Course Championships.
“We are also rewarding the locally-based coaches of the medalists. I think it’s important to reward the coaches as they put as many or even more hours into preparing the swimmers. Obviously the coaches play an integral role in the performances of their swimmers.”
As a result of this decision, Neethling’s co-coaches Dean Price and Peter Williams received R12,500 each while three other coaches were also rewarded.
The breakdown follows.
Roland Schoeman – R27,500
Ryk Neethling – R10,000
Natalie Du Toit – R20,000
George du Rand – R5,000
Gerhard Zandberg – R7,500
Lyndon Ferns – R5,000
Lize Mari Retief – R2,500
Troyden Prinsloo – R2,500
Suzaan Van Biljon – R2,500
World Short Course Championships
Ryk Neethling – R15,000
Suzaan van Biljon – R2,500
Dean Price (Co-coach of Ryk Neethling) – R12,500
Peter Williams (Co-coach of Ryk Neethling) – R12,500
Simon Gray (Coach of George du Rand) – R5,000
Nick Gray (Coach of Troyden Prinsloo) – R2,500
Theo Verster (Coach of Lize-Mari Retief) – R2,500