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HeronBridge College launches High Performance Centre and Swimming Academy

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 As a commitment to the school’s investment into sports and sports development, HeronBridge College officially opened its High Performance Centre and Swimming Academy on Friday, in partnership with Gauteng Aquatics and USN.

The new High Performance Centre at HeronBridge College, in partnership with Gauteng Aquatics and USN.

Starting with Pre-Prep children, HeronBridge will be working closely with Gauteng Aquatics and Learn to Swim, to teach swimming from an early age. “It is so important to build swimming confidence in South Africa” said Anton Jordaan, Gauteng Aquatics President, at the launch on Friday. “It is from here that the basic building blocks for swimming athletes are built.”

Rocco Meiring, SA Olympic Swim Coach and Ofentse Moeng, Head of Co-Curricular Development and Vision in the College during Rocco’s workshop with HeronBridge Swimmers on Friday 5 November 2021. Mr Moeng, opened the HPC launch event with a saying that is the cornerstone of his approach to sport; “You cannot coach an athlete that is not loved. At HeronBridge we are all about heart, and our children know that they are loved and supported. Now it’s time for us to take them to the next level!”  

Talking of confidence, a group of HeronBridge swimmers were treated to a training workshop on Friday by Rocco Meiring, SA Olympic Swim Coach and coach to Olympic gold medalist Tatjana Schoenmaker. As mental ability is crucially linked to physical ability, Rocco took the students through Tatjana’s journey of making it to the Olympics and the passion, sacrifice and determination that was required to do so. 

HeronBridge High-School students in action during a training session at the launch of the High Performance Centre on Friday 5 November 2021.

Another crucial building block to high performance is nutrition, and HeronBridge is very excited to have USN on board as partners in school sports nutrition. “Sport is becoming more and more professional at a school level” said Heinrich Hurter, USN Sport Nutrition and Training Specialist, “conditioning, recovery, psychology, and (the often overlooked) nutrition are the key pillars to building high-performance athletes. It is vitally important to educate before you supplement.”

Philip Venter, Head of Co-Curricular in the College, and Ofentse Moeng, Head of Co-Curricular Development and Vision in the College, celebrate the launch of the HeronBridge High Performance Centre on Friday 5 November 2021. 

“The launch of the High Performance Centre is a great leap in taking HeronBridge’s sport programmes to the next level” said Ofentse Moeng, Head of Co-Curricular Development and Vision in the College. “With the caliber of coaches that we have on our faculty, many of whom are internationally and nationally accredited, as well as our new partners, we can only grow from strength to strength.”

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