Madibaz swimmer Alaric Basson has been included in the South African squad to participate in the World Aquatics Championships in South Korea next month.
The 23-year-old Uitenhage-based star is relishing the opportunity to test himself against the best in the world in one of swimming’s top-level events.
The championships will take place in Gwangju from July 12 to 28.
“It’s really an amazing feeling to have been selected to take part in the Fina World Champs,” the ace breaststroker said. “This will be my first time at an event of this standing.”
He added that he would be swimming in his specialty 200m breaststroke event, but was not sure at this stage if he would be included in any other races.
“But either way, the goal for this year was to try to get as close as possible to the Olympics qualifying times and I feel the Fina Worlds will be a good platform to do that.”
Madibaz Sport aquatics manager Melinda Goosen said Basson was the first swimmer from Nelson Mandela University to reach this level.
“Alaric joined the Madibaz swimming family four years ago and he has been an absolute revelation,” she said.
“Every year he has gone from strength to strength and his selection for the national side to go to the World Championships is a major highlight for the club.
“Alaric is a true ambassador for Madibaz Sport and we are looking forward to great things from him going forward, with a keen eye on the Olympic Games coming up in 2020.”