Support Chloe’s swimming dream

Chloe’ Graaf who has been selected to compete in the International Age Group Meet in Ireland, is seen with her idol, Chad le Clos.

From the tender age of two, Chloe’ Graaf’s little legs were fluttering away in a pool.  Today, the Sydenham lass holds two SA number one rankings and five SA Top rankings achieved at the SA Regional Championships in Port Elizabeth in March this year.  The dedicated swimmer’s excellent achievements have qualified her to compete in the International Age Group Meet in Ireland.

The competition takes place at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin in July. The 10-year-old belongs to Seagulls Swimming Club and head coach, Debbie McLeod, said the High-Performance Swim meet is an incredible opportunity for aspiring young swimmers to gain valuable international experience for their swimming career. 

“Graaf is a dedicated swimmer with great aspirations. She is currently ranked number one in SA for 50m and 100m butterfly and ranked top five in other events in her age category.  In KZN, Chloe has five number one rankings. In her recent national championships, Chloe won four gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze,” she said.

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Inspired by Olympic gold swimmer, Chad le Clos, Graaf intends to follow in his footsteps and turn her passion for swimming into a career.  Her doting father, Brett, said that he is extremely proud of her and the milestones that she has reached.  “Chloe’s tenacity and drive have earned her the many accolades. We know that she will make the best of the swim meet in Ireland,” he said.   

The Glenwood Preparatory School pupil is also a top achiever in netball which is also hobby of hers. She was recently selected for KZN in the 11 and under category.  The sport enthusiast also enjoys playing hockey.

While Graaf is over the moon about her selection for Ireland, she needs the help of the community to make this dream come true.  She is looking for sponsorships to make the journey possible as the SA Swimming Federation does not have the funding to support swimmers financially to compete internationally.

“I swim out of the Seagulls Swimming Club and travel throughout SA competing at various events. Please support me in my journey to realise my long term swimming career aspirations,” said the avid swimmer.

In an effort to raise funds for Graaf, a fundraising event is being held at the Teresanne Hall in Sydenham on June 23 at 6pm.  Members of the community have been urged to support the event.

If you are interested in making Chloe Graaf’s dreams come true, call her father, Brett Graaf on 082-602-6625.

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