About Me

biography

Chad was born in Durban, South Africa, in 1992 the son of Bert and Geraldine. He is one of four children and part of very tight-knit family.

Football was Chad’s first love (he remains an avid Manchester United fan) and his competitive nature and determination to win shone through from an early age. But it was swimming where he really dominated. His potential was recognised by teacher Lindsay Manthey when he was at Penzance Primary School. He joined Seagulls Swimming Club aged eight, under the guidance of Graham Hill, who remains his coach today.

Chad started swimming competitively aged 10 and by the age of 14 he had already made the senior Olympic squad. At the age of 18 he held two senior South African records, Commonwealth Junior and Senior records and he also competed at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, where he won five medals.In 2010 he won gold in every major event he competed in, including the 200m ‘fly at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the FINA Short Course World Championships in Dubai.

Then came London 2012 where he truly announced himself to the world. His gold medal in the men’s 200m butterfly where he beat his hero Michael Phelps by 0.05 secs was one of the standout moments of the Games, made all the more memorable by the performances of dad Bert on the BBC. A couple of legends had been born.

Chad also won silver in the 100m butterfly to complete a hugely successful debut Olympics.

The pressure was then on to deliver at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona but Chad stepped up to the plate and won gold in the 100m and 200m butterfly. Just days later he set a world record in the short course 200m butterfly at a World Cup event in Eindhoven – a record he went on to break again in November that year.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games Chad medalled in each of the seven events he entered, including gold in the 100m and 200m butterfly. He then made history at the FINA World Cup Series, becoming the first swimmer ever to be crowned overall winner three times. At the FINA World Championships (Short Course) in December he became the first swimmer ever to win all three butterfly events. Unsurprisingly Chad was named FINA Male Swimmer of the Year for 2014.

At the 2015 World Championships he retained his 100m butterfly title and was pipped to silver in the 200m. This year he cruised through the Olympic trials in Durban in April and broke a meeting record for the 100m ‘fly at Mare-Nostrum earlier this month. Now Rio awaits…

 

ACHIEVEMENTS
2015 Gold – 100m Butterfly, FINA World Championships, Kazan
2015 Silver – 200m Butterfly, FINA World Championships, Kazan
2014 Gold (CR) – 200m Butterfly, FINA World Championships (SC), Doha
2014 Gold (WR) – 100m Butterfly, FINA World Championships (SC), Doha
2014 Gold (CR) – 50m Butterfly, FINA World Championships (SC), Doha
2014 Gold – 200m Freestyle, FINA World Championships (SC), Doha
2014 Named FINA Male Swimmer of the Year 2014
2014 Overall FINA World Cup Series winner (27 races undefeated)
2014 Gold (CR) – 200m Butterfly, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
2014 Gold (CR) – 100m Butterfly, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
2014 Silver – 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
2014 Bronze – 50m Butterfly, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
2014 Bronze – 200m Individual Medley, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
2014 Bronze – 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
2014 Bronze – 4 x 100m Medley Relay, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
2013 Overall FINA World Cup Series winner
2013 Gold – 200m Butterfly, FINA World Championships, Barcelona
2013 Gold – 100m Butterfly, FINA World Championships, Barcelona
2012 Gold – 200m Butterfly, London 2012 Olympic Games
2012 Silver – 100m Butterfly, London 2012 Olympic Games
2012 Gold – 100m Butterfly, World Championships (SC), Istanbul
2012 Silver – 50m Butterfly, World Championships (SC), Istanbul
2011 Overall FINA World Cup Series winner
2010 Gold – 200m Butterfly, Commonwealth Games, Delhi
2010 Gold – 400m Individual Medley, Commonwealth Games, Delhi
2010 Silver – 4x100m Medley Relay, Commonwealth Games, Delhi
2010 Bronze – 4x100m Freestyle Relay, Commonwealth Games, Delhi
2010 Bronze – 4x200m Freestyle Relay, Commonwealth Games, Delhi
2010 Gold – 200m Individual Medley, Youth Olympic Games, Singapore
2010 Silver – 100m Butterfly, Youth Olympic Games, Singapore
2010 Silver – 200m Butterfly, Youth Olympic Games, Singapore
2009 Silver – 400m Butterfly, Youth Olympic Games, Singapore
2010 Bronze – 4x100m Butterfly Relay, Youth Olympic Games, Singapore
2008 Gold – 200m Individual Medley, Junior Commonwealth Games, India
2008 Gold – 200m Breaststroke, Junior Commonwealth Games, India