THIS weekâ€™s Puma School Sport Star of the week is Tarryn Els â€“ a matric pupil at Collegiate Girlsâ€™ School, a Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics swimmer, and a EP record holder.
â€œI train with Mark Edge at the Port Elizabeth Amateur swimming club and swim for my school as well,â€? said Tarryn.
â€œI represent Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics at the Senior National swimming championships, held in Durban from April 13-18.â€?
She specialises in the butterfly swim, with the 200m being her main race. Tarryn received the gold medal for the 200m butterfly in the Youth elite age group, and the silver for the senior national age group.
â€œMy time of 2.17.76 was an Eastern Province age group record for the 18-year-old group, as well as an EP record for the open age group,â€? says the Collegiate pupil. She explained that through this achievement she broke a record of 1985.
She also broke the record for the girls 50m and 100m, butterfly swim in the 18-year-old age group, and she also made the finals for both of the races.
â€œI also participated in the Level 3 National age group gala that was held during March here in PE, and received the gold medal for the 200m butterfly which was a new EP record for the girls 17-old-age group,â€? said Tarryn.
At the same gala she also won a silver medal for the 50m butterfly, which was also a new EP record for the 17-year-old group.
â€œI have also represented South Africa on two occasions, in 2013 at the Junior Africa Swimming Championship which was held in Zambia, and in 2014 at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Under 20 games, which were held in Zimbabwe.â€?
Here Tarryn received the silver medal for the 100m butterfly, and was part of the relay team that won a gold medal at the AUSC