Local swimmer Megan Hesse has set her sights on her next challenge, after competing in the South African national short course championships in Durban last month.
The former Cornwall Hill College pupil has been swimming for 21 years and said she was now more determined after her recent slump.
“I have been sickly for the past three years, so it has been very difficult for me because I could not train properly. Thankfully, my doctor was able to help me get back to 100 percent,” she said.
The past three months have seen her train more than she did in the past three years.
The hard work she put in the last few months placed her in the SA national short course championships.
“I was very happy with my performances in my two main events: I placed fourth in the 100m butterfly final and fifth in the 50m butterfly final. Now my aim is to improve from thereon,” she added.
Hesse (24) comes from a family of swimmers and learned to swim at age of three.
“I have been a competitive swimmer since grade 2. My grandfather was a South African breaststroke swimmer and my grandmother was a coach, so swimming has always been in my family. Swimming is my passion and I love it,” she said.
Although she lives in Midrand, she’s declared herself as a Pretorian and a member of the Pretoria aquatic club where she works with her coaches Eugene da Ponte and Louis Lotter.
“My coaches, Eugene and Louis are always pushing me to the limit. I like it when they are hard on me because I know that they are only trying to get the best out of me. My teammates are also a great source of motivation,” she said.
Hesse also credited her late coach Lionel Durrent, who mentored her for nine years.
“In addition to being South African, I am also Swiss and compete in Switzerland under my Swiss coach Dirk Reineke.”
Besides swimming, Hesse, also owns her own promotions business and is studying psychology through Unisa.
“My goal is to continue to continue competing at an international level. I believe that I must just keep working hard and doing my best. I believe that whatever God has in store for me will be amazing and that I must just keep working hard and doing my best,” she said.
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