Zimbabwe’s team of two high school swimmers raised the flag high at the just completed CANA XII African Junior Swimming Championships in Cairo, Egypt, 28-31 March 2017. Paige van Der Westhuizen of Chisipite Senior School and Liam O’Hara of Falcon College each brought home two medals from the four-day meet.
After earning a silver medal in the 50m butterfly and a silver in the 50m breaststroke as well as a 4th place finish in the 50m freestyle, van der Westhuizen earned a trophy for coming third aggregate in her girls 13-14 year old category. O’Hara won two bronze medals for the 50m and 100m breaststroke and came 4th in the 200m breaststroke. Both swimmers were happy to swim personal bests in some of their races.
Zimbabwe’s duo was one of fifteen teams who competed in the African Junior Championships. Debbie Wetzlar accompanied them to Egypt as their manager.