Message from the President

 President’s report for 2017/2018

Our coaches, officials, swimmers and parents are a most remarkable group of people. The NTS Executive do not take your trust in us to lead this District for granted. Within every association, there are a large number of committed persons. NTS is no exception.

Our coaches who are developing our athletes inspire me. They continually apply their knowledge to teach and coach each individual athlete to reach his/her utmost ability. The many achievements of our athletes is a result of your dedication and passion for our athletes. I am proud of you all!
Our athletes did us proud once again. Many were selected on the various teams representing South Africa and many more appeared on the podiums of important competitions. Tatjana Schoenmaker is proof that hard work bears fruit. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, she became the new South African swimming sensation, winning gold medals in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke and the 200- meter breaststroke.

Our Masters athletes confirmed what Jackie Joyner-Kersee said: “Age is no barrier. It is a limitation you put on your mind.” Congratulations on a most successful National Championship. You have done an awesome job.

Our sport would not be able to function without the countless hours of dedication from our officials. Once again, we owe our technical officials a huge vote of thanks. We simply could not run our events without these volunteers who play a vital role in the successful operation of our sport. Thank you for your contribution to our sport.

Our NTS Executive as well as the members of the Technical Committees are working tirelessly to support our members. It is a pleasure and an inspiration to be part of such a great, competent and caring team. The reports that follow is an indication of the excellent leadership from this group of volunteers.

As you will you notice from our financial accounts, our association is financially sound. The NTS Treasurer, Ina Fechter, applies strict financial control and governance. It would thus be remiss of me not to recognise her for her outstanding contribution to NTS.

The success of our association is dependable on good administration, good communication and good personal relationships. I would like to acknowledge the effort of Magdaleen Fair. Your energy, talent and hard work have brought benefits to NTS. I appreciate your excellent performance and I would like to thank you.

Von Teese reminded us “you have to experience sadness to know happiness and not every day is going to be a good day”. During August 2017, we lost a dear friend, Steve Botha. He has made a huge contribution to Aquatics in Gauteng. He was the President of Eastern Gauteng Aquatics, Vice- President of Aquatics Gauteng and the Chairperson of SSA Swimming Technical Committee. We will miss his contribution.

We must continue with meaningful debate, intend to understand, isolate and resolve the real factors that impact on the pace and quality of development and transformation in our wonderful sport.

“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.”– Liane Cardes

Being the President of NTS, an association made up of awesome people, is an extreme privilege. I am grateful to each one that contributes to the success of NTS.

We can, we will, we shall lead our athletes to sporting excellence!!

Anton Jordaan
President NTS
29 May 2018