Madibaz swimmer Alaric Basson is thrilled at having received a chance to test himself against the world’s best when he competes in the World Aquatics Championships in South Korea next month.
The 23-year-old Uitenhage-based star will make his first appearance for South Africa at this level and said it was an “amazing feeling” to be chosen for the event in Gwangju from July 12 to 28.
“This will be my first time at an event of this standing and I feel that making the SA squad is one of my best achievements to date,” he said.
“The goal for this year was to try to get as close as possible to the Olympics qualifying times and I feel the Fina Worlds will be a good platform to do that as I will be racing against the best in the sport.”
Madibaz Sport aquatics manager Melinda Goosen said Basson was the first swimmer from Nelson Mandela University to reach this level and his success would be an inspiration to others.
“Alaric joined the Madibaz swimming family four years ago when he started his studies at Nelson Mandela University and he has been an absolute revelation,” she said.
“We are so proud to have a swimmer reaching such heights and it’s recognition for the hard work he has put in, which is all starting to pay off.”