Chad le Clos announced on Monday night that he is moving to Cape Town in January to start the new chapter in his swimming career, creating an elite training squad and Chad Le Clos Academy.
Chad held a small press conference at Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck to confirm that he will start training in his new home from January. It took some time and effort to find the appropriate swimming pool, finally settling on the pool at HS Jan van Riebeeck in Kloof Street.
Chad’s move is not only inspired by his own training needs but also by the long-term vision of utilising this facility to its maximum potential. In the coming months the swimming pool will be upgraded with all that is necessary to make it a centre for swimming excellence in Cape Town with the goal of opening in Spring 2017.
Chad commented at the press conference: “I would like to thank the Headmaster and governing body of Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck for all their help. I am excited about the new base here for our new elite squad. We also hope to inspire some young and upcoming swimmers from the Cape to join and to help build the Chad le Clos Swimming Academy.”
Mr André Franken, Headmaster, had the following to say about this new development at his school: “We are very excited and thankful for the opportunity to be working alongside a swimmer of Chad’s calibre and to have him and his academy on our premises. We are convinced that this will have a very positive effect on our school and especially our swimmers.”
Image: Three Olympic champions together at the press conference on Monday – Chad (right) joined by fellow South African Ryk Neethling (left) and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (centre).
For further information, please see this report from ENCA: https://www.enca.com/sport/swimming/le-clos-sets-up-legacy-training-facility