- Le Clos claims FINA Swimmer of the Year title
- Chad Le Clos wins gold at the Commonwealth games, making him the most successful swimmer in the competition’s history
- Le Clos has created a foundation to help the next generation of South African swimmers
South African swimmer, Chad Le Clos, claimed one of swimming’s top honours last week when it was announced that he had received the FINA Swimmer of the Year award.
This achievement caps off a successful year for Le Clos. He won bronze as part of the 4x100 medley relay at the 2018 Common Wealth Games, as well as a gold medal in the butterfly. He also swept up two silver medals and a gold at this year’s World short course Championships.
Chad has had one of the most successful careers of any South African athlete over the last few years. From humble beginnings first in Mauritius until the age of nine and then in Durban, where he attended Westville Boys’ High School, Le Clos has since risen to the top of his sport. He is a three-time defending world champion, a four-time Olympic medallist and the most successful Commonwealth Games swimmer in history.
However, Le Clos isn’t content to just claim medals for himself. Briefly.co.za has learned that Le Clos launched a foundation in early December to support and develop swimming for children in South Africa.
Julian Taylor, CEO of the Le Clos Foundation, said, “[Le Clos] is a role model and a hands-on inspiration. Now he is raising funds to ensure that he keeps kids swimming.”
While accepting his Swimmer of the Year award, Le Clos explained more about the Foundation. “I want to continue swimming into my thirties,” he said, “but I have a lot of other projects […] which is working with children with more needs, and from less developed areas of our country. My beginning was also very humble, and I never forget that”.
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