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Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC South Africa   
Born16 Nov 1985 in Durban, SAF
Height1.92 m
Weight 80 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Partner Emma Chelius
Dubai, UAE
Higher education
Economics - University of Georgia: Atlanta, GA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age eight.
Why this sport?
He had been a pool swimmer for many years, but after the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, he wanted to try a discipline which required endurance and he started open water swimming.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. (7days.ae, 17 Jun 2015)
In 2007 he had two tears in his shoulder and needed surgery. He was out of the water for four months. (7days.ae, 17 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
He was an All-American swimmer at the University of Georgia in the United States. (swimswam.com, 27 Feb 2013)
Famous relatives
His partner Emma Chelius is a national level South African swimmer. (Instagram profile, 24 Nov 2016, swimmingworldmagazine.com, 16 Apr 2016)
Other information
In December 2014 he took up the role of head of aquatics at Fit Republik, a multi-sport facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I feel I have achieved everything I wanted to. Now my passion is trying to build an aquatic programme and I enjoy giving back. Having initially ruled out making a bid to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after taking up the coaching role, he did make an attempt to qualify for the Games but was unsuccessful. "I think, honestly, my time with competitive swimming has come to an end. I think that chapter of my life has closed. I need to put my focus and energy into my work." (Facebook profile, 11 Dec 2014; 7days.ae, 28 Jun 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 1500m Freestyle 15:12.64
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
11 2005 Montreal, CAN 1500m Freestyle 15:16.60 
Heats 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN 800m Freestyle 7:59.69
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
17 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 400m Individual Medley 4:27.21
11 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 400m Freestyle 3:49.31
5 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 1500m Freestyle 14:57.76
6 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:18.94
10 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2005/2006 Durban, RSA 1500m Freestyle 14:49.68
3 2004/2005 Durban, RSA 1500m Freestyle 14:59.63
3 2004/2005 Moscow, RUS 1500m Freestyle 14:50.95
3 2003/2004 Durban, RSA 1500m Freestyle 15:00.31
2 2002/2003 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 1500m Freestyle 15:18.71
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
51 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:51:48.0
28 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 5:03:19.8
38 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 1:58:48.5
21 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 56:37.3
  2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km - Team Time Trial  DNS
African Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2002 Cairo, EGY 800m Freestyle 8:17.19
2 2002 Cairo, EGY 1500m Freestyle 15:55.67
3 2002 Cairo, EGY 400m Freestyle 4:02.55