MEET OUR TEAM
The Swimmers behind the goggles!!
LARA VAN NIEKERK
South African Colours - Senior & Junior
Senior National Swimmer - 16
I am a hard working, passionate swimmer. I always thrive to do better. I always try to spread positivity among my team mates as well as to motivate them. I am dedicated to my sport and I know when to focus and when to have fun. For me swimming is not a sport it's a lifestyle!!
4th at Junior World Championships, Budapest 2019 (50m Breaststroke)
African Senior Champion in the 50, 100 and 200 Breaststroke, Algeria 2018
African Junior Champion in the 50 & 100 Breaststroke, Egypt 2017, Tunisia 2019 (& 200 IM)
AUSC Region 5 U/20 Champion in the 50 and 100 Breaststroke, Botswana 2018
Multiple Junior National Champion in Breaststroke and Fly, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
50m Breaststroke SA Senior National Champion 2018, Silver 100m breaststroke 2018, 50m breaststroke 2019, bronze 100m breaststroke 2019.
South African Record holder for the Women: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 y old - 50m Breast and the 3rd fastest South African Women ever in the 50m Breast Behind, Tatjana and Penny.
NTS Record holder for Woman: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 50m Breast,
NTS Record holder for Woman 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 100m Breast.
Set : Sprint sets. 8x50's Max on long rest , for time
Food : Sushi
Movie/Series : The Vampire Diaries/ The Originals/ Americas Got Talent
South African Junior Swimmer
Senior National Swimmer - 21
I am a determined, hard-working and very motivated person who loves to train and push myself to my absolute max. I never give up no matter what gets thrown my way and I am driven to achieve my goals and will do anything to achieve them.
Fina World Cup Dubai 4x50m mixed freestyle relay
200m freestyle 1st place at Junior Africa Championships
SA National record in 4x50m mixed freestyle relay
Senior African Record in 4x50m mixed freestyle relay
NTS 200m freestyle record
NTS 100m backstroke record
Fina World Cup 200,400 freestyle
Fina world cup 50 free and fly
Junior African Championships 50,100,200 free and 50,100 fly
100,200m freestyle gold at Junior Africa Championships
50m freestyle silver at Junior Africa Championships
100m fly bronze at Junior Africa Championships
100fly,200free bronze at SA Short Course
Set: Any sort of Sprint set
Movie/Series: Gilmore girls/The Blindside/Field of Dreams
South African Junior Swimmer
Senior National Swimmer - 14
I`m a guy who is deeply involved with the swimming sport. I’m a very motivated guy who has dreams of becoming a pro as well as going to an American university to pursue my swimming career. I think that I’m a dedicated boy and have hopes of going very far.
2019 Junior African games (Tunisia), represented Team South Africa
2017-2019 Jnr nationals as well as a gold medal winner.
2018 Italy trip as well as junior victor ludorum including the under 12 boys 100 free record.
2018 SA Jnr National best under 13 NTS swimmer.
Youth qualifying time in 100 back (2019/2020).
Set: The classic Saturday set.
Movie/series: Shakespeare and Hathaway
DEBORAH KAYLEY DREDGE
South African Lifesaver
Senior National Swimmer - 17
My name is Deborah Dredge, I have been swimming for the majority of my life, but I began competing around grade 1-2. To describe how I think of swimming is hard….I would say it’s a ‘launching pad’ in that swimming has not only ‘launched' so many friendships I have today and ‘launched' my main sports career- Lifesaving – but it has also thrown me into innumerous situations where I had to adapt and learn more about myself and life. I have been able to grow both mentally and physically in this sport and I hope that others can experience that within the sport and more importantly this club, PAC.
Part of the South African Lifesaving team at two Commonwealth Festivals (SA and UK), Orange Cup in Netherlands and Spanish Cup in Torrevieja.
Gauteng and South African records in my Lifesaving age groups.
Finalist at SA Short Course 2019, Medal achieved at NTS Championships 2019.
Set: Distance set
Movie/series: Prodigal Son