Congratulations to Uitenhage (Eastern Cape) swimmers, Alard and Alaric Basson, for winning gold in the African Championships in Bloemfontein. Alaric, a breaststroke specialist won a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke and silver in the 200m event, as well as gold in both the 4×100 mixed and men’s medley relays. Alard took the gold in two relays and bronze medals in the 50m and 100m butterfly event. The 20 year old twins now have their sights set on the World Short Course Championships which will take place in Canada from December 6 to 11.
Although spending many hours in the water, Alaric said they always kept their focus on the bigger picture. “All the training can be quite tough, but then you have to look at what your goals are,” he said. “At the moment it is the Worlds but, ultimately, I’m aiming for the 2020 Olympics and my mindset is always on that prize. To have a chance of achieving something like that, you have to make a lot of sacrifices and you can’t just say you don’t feel like training.”
The second-year student-athletes, who are both studying building engineering at NMMU, said they started swimming at an early age. “Our dad saw us in the pool at home and felt we had some talent so he signed us up for the local Dolphin Club,” said Alaric.
With Tokyo 2020 in the back of his mind, Alard said he was focused on putting in an extra effort to improve his chances. “You always have to go the extra mile and push yourself to the limit,” he said. “I always think of the other guys who are also training, so you have to push yourself even harder to have the edge.”
Source: News24 (Edited)