Westville Boys’ High School is the premier swimming school in South Africa. The School boasts a championship winning team that is unbeaten across all galas it has competed in since 2008.
WBHS has a long tradition of producing fine swimmers, but its dominance in the pool is a relatively new phenomenon. Supported by a professional coaching team and world-class facilities, WBHS is the perfect environment for young swimmers to thrive in.
The Aquatics Centre boasts two pools. The Chad Le Clos Pool is a 30mx35m pool with a uniform depth of 2.2m. The Chad Ho Pool is 25mx25m pool.
The School has two teams that compete in several galas each year. While the performances of the A team are unrivalled in recent years, the B team certainly punches above its weight, competing with and sometimes beating the A teams of some of WBHS’ traditional rivals.
WBHS competes in four major galas each year. The Westville Invitational Gala is hosted by the School on the Friday before the Midmar Mile each year. This short course gala brings together a selection of KZN and upcountry schools, including Grey College, which has been attending the gala for more than 20 years.
The Alan Burt Interprovincial Top 10 Gala brings together the Top 5 school swimming teams from each of KZN and Gauteng. The KZN Top 8 Gala, hosted at Kings Park, is the gala that brings together the best swimming teams that the province has to offer.
The highlight of the swimming calendar is the prestigious Durban and Districts Gala, also held at Kings Park. This is the gala that all Westville swimmers want to win the most. The gala’s history stretches back to 1970. WBHS has won this gala every year since 2008. In 2012, the School won all 26 events at the gala, the first time this had been achieved by a team in the gala’s history. WBHS holds 25 of the 26 event records for this gala.
WBHS also has an enviable record in the Midmar Mile, the world largest open water swimming event. It has won the school’s title at this event for 19 consecutive years. This event is particularly unique because it allows current WBHS pupils and old boys to compete in the same race. The 1999 edition of the event had three Westville boys in the Top 10. Brad Storm (an old boy at the time) came 2nd, with his brothers, Anton and Brad in 7th and 9th places respectively. In the 2008 event, a Westville Old Boy, Shaun Dias, beat Chad Ho, in matric at WBHS at the time, to 1st place.
WBHS has produced eleven international swimmers in the open category. The School’s most famous old boy, Chad Le Clos, burst onto the international scene when he beat Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly at the London Olympics in 2012. Le Clos, who was awarded the prestigious Order of Ikhamanga in 2013, holds the world record for the 200m butterfly over the short course. Another notable Westville Old Boy is Chad Ho, the five-time winner of the Midmar Mile. Ho specialises in open water swimming, and represented South Africa at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Graham Hill, also a Westville Old Boy, is the Head Coach of the SA swimming team. He earned SA colours in three sports, including swimming, lifesaving and waterpolo. He has been the SA coach at five Olympic Games. Another Westville Old Boy, Alisdair Hatfield, has also coached the SA team on several occasions.
(SA unless otherwise stated)
Raymond Hass – Australia
Chad Ho – 2008 Olympics
Chad Le Clos – 2012 Olympics, 2010 & 2014 Commonwealth Games
Charl Crous – 2012 Olympics
Leith Shankland – 2012 Olympics, 2014 Commonwealth Games
Clayton Jimmie – 2014 Commonwealth Games
Calvyn Justus – 2014 Commonwealth Games