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Backstrokes at Champs

Jayden Sivai (13), a Grade 7 pupil at Cambridge Primary School in East London has been selected to represent South Africa at the 13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships in Tunisia in September 2019.

Sivai started swimming in Grade 3 at the age of nine in 2015 with the Aquanova Swimming Club, based within his school. “It is an honour to be selected as part of the team and to take part in the championships. I am hoping to come back home with a medal and make new friends,” said an excited Sivai.

Maxine Sivai is especially thrilled that her son is the only one selected from the Eastern Cape. “We never expected it, we are very excited about this. Jayden is an inspiration to his younger sister as well,” she said.

Jayden’s grandfather, Joe Sivai cannot believe that the family has a member who will represent South Africa in sport. “This is huge”.

Coach Lyn Shone says it is a privilege for Sivai to be selected as part of the team. “This could be the start of his career if he puts in the hard work,” she said. She is hoping that he will swim his best time.

Shone is not sure whether Sivai is going to be swimming with his age group or not but they are hoping that he is selected to swim backstroke because that is one strengths.

Jayden has been training hard every day during the school holidays, preparing for a trip of his life.


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