Summer is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere and I am very excited! Classes are done, the weather is warming up, my schedule is opening up and there are opportunities everywhere! A new season, a new start, new goals and increased focus.

PIcture Featured In The Spring 2011 “NCAA Champions Magazine” Click the pic to view the mag

This last year has been an incredible journey for me. I have been blessed enough to achieve many of the goals I set for myself last September and have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. I wanted to update you all on what is going on with me and my swimming right now, just so you’re in the loop, ya know? Two weeks ago Swimming South Africa released their 2011 National Swimming Roster. This year, I was included on the roster. It has always been a dream and goal of mine to represent South Africa and while being on the roster does not guarantee me a spot on any team, I am very grateful to have been considered. I look forward to the opportunities I may be presented within the coming year. You can see the 2011 National Roster here. In addition to the National Roster I have also been selected to represent South Africa at the FISU 26th Summer Universiade (World Student Games) which will be in Shenzhen, China in August this year. The Summer Universiade is an International multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).  The name “Universiade” is a combination of the words “University” and “olympiad”. I am very excited about this opportunity to swimming in this meet. From the research I have done on it, it has an impressive history of fast swimming and it will be an honor to represent South Africa (and Whitworth) at the meet. You can learn more about the Universiade on the official website . Outside of the pool, I have just come to the end of my junior year (third year) of my degree! One more year to go and I will be done! Last week I was voted to the 2011 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District VIII college division men’s at-large team. I have to be honest with you, I don’t quite understand all of it, but I think it means I’m doing well in school!  If you’re interested in the release you can find it here. So that is what is going on in my life right now. I want to thank everybody for all the support I have received this year.  It has been absolutely overwhelming and I am so grateful for that. I can honestly say that I have been blessed with one of the best support systems that anyone could ever ask for. I am and will be forever grateful to everyone who has followed me on this crazy dream I find myself living out. Thank you to all of you.