By Shaun Gillham
EASTERN Cape long distance swimming sensation Jessica Roux has a few more nail-biting hours before she hears whether she will be included in the South African national team headed for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The 19-year-old Eastern Province swimming star and former headgirl of Collegiate High School in Port Elizabeth qualified to participate in the world’s most prestigious sporting extravaganza at an Olympic qualification event held in Setubal Bay in Portugal on Saturday June 9. Competing in the 10km open water race, Roux came in ahead of South African swimming ace Natalie du Toit, effectively ending the golden girl of South African swimming’s chances of qualifying for the games.
Roux, who now lives and trains in Durban where she is studying, is anxiously awaiting news from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) about her inclusion in the national squad.
She was informed on Friday that the full SA team to leave for the United Kingdom during July would be announced today (Wednesday June 20).
“I am staying with my family until the team is announced. This is nerve-wracking and I am really hoping for a positive outcome,” Roux said.
She was not expecting a podium finish should she make the team, but was eager to compete for the sake of gaining important international experience.