Hendri holds an honours degree in Sports Science from Stellenbosch University, where he specialised in high performance conditioning. He has 10 years’ experience as a professional swimming coach, and has been privileged to coach and work with several top swimmers, including Michael Houlie (a gold medallist at the Youth Olympics in 2018), Henju Duvenhage (Youth Olympic swimmer), and Hanim Abrahams, who recently qualified to compete at the Junior World Championships to be held in Budapest, Hungary later this year.
Hendri swam competitively for 11 years, and in 2006 started playing underwater hockey at university. Hendri coaches the South African u19 and u23 underwater hockey teams.
He is also in charge of the Reddam Aquatics Club that takes part in Club galas throughout the year in order to give swimmers the opportunity to represent the Club at Regional and National events.
Hendri’s vision for Reddam Aquatics:
1) To provide an optimal training environment at each stage of an athlete’s career, ensuring that each individual reaches their full potential.
2) To develop a highly skilled, committed and enthusiastic squad of swimmers.
3) To ensure that each swimmer experience success in competition, relative to their ability.
We are happy to inform you that Reddam’s swimming programme is available for all children from the age of 5! However, do note that children must be able to swim unaided, and be water-safe in order to attend any of the classes on offer.
The swimming programme also offers students the opportunity to register and compete for club league galas and participate in national events. This requires a membership and registration fee to Swimming South Africa (SSA) and Cape Metro Aquatics (CTMA).
Training takes place every afternoon, as well as on a Saturday morning, depending on which squad the swimmer trains in.
For those students who love the water, but not necessarily the individualism of swimming, and would like to be part of a team sport, we also offer water polo twice a week at the Aquatic Centre.
Students who are interested, are welcome to come and try it out and see what the sport is all about.
We also have a Water Polo Club which takes part in club tournaments. Our juniors have already participated in league matches, which offer games on Friday afternoons during the summer terms ie. term 1 and term 4.
Players will also have the opportunity to try out for a provincial team that takes part in the annual SA Schools Inter-Provincial Tournament in the December of each year.
Training days: Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 16h15 until 17h30
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