Special award for swim star

KINGSWOOD College swimmer Tamlyn Price’s achievements in the pool were recognised when she was presented with the College Head’s Special Discretionary Award for Aquatics.

The award, made by headmaster Jon Trafford, rewards Price for her contribution to the sport at the school and her many swimming successes.

Furthermore, the matric pupil was presented last week with the trophy for best female swimmer at Kingswood for the year – the Kingswood College Victrix Aquarum Open.

Price’s swimming career began at the age of seven in the Free State and from an early age she showed an unparalleled aptitude and talent in the water.

In his citation, Trafford said: “Combining this with a commitment to hard work, and with a determination to succeed, Tamlyn embarked on a successful swimming career which saw her break records across South Africa, starting with provincial involvement in the Free State. Arriving at Kingswood in 2010, Tamlyn set about building on her successes in the Eastern Province. At her first Kingswood Championship gala, she broke 11 school records.”

Trafford said this set the foundation for her to go on to set three new Eastern Province records, in the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly events, in the same year.

Price participated in an international invitational gala in 2011 and came eighth in the 50m backstroke.

This saw her included in the National Prestige gala rankings, which led to her being selected for the Junior SA swimming squad that year.

“As Tamlyn’s swimming career has continued to blossom, she has swum senior national qualifying times, making both the finals and semifinals in a number of national galas over a number of years,” Trafford said.

“She has received numerous accolades and trophies for her successes in the Eastern Province.

“She is the holder of 13 EP swimming records in the ages U15 to Open.

“Tamlyn has been an exceptional sporting talent and we recognise her achievements today with this special award.

“As a school we pay tribute to her hard work, dedication and commitment to her chosen sporting discipline and we wish her every success in her endeavours to represent South Africa at a future Olympic Games.”

Price will further her swimming career in the US next year after taking up a scholarship.

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