Madibaz swimming coach named Coach of the Year

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 10, 2016

Mark Edge, Nedbank Madibaz swimming trainer, was named Coach of the Year at the Eastern Cape Sport and Recreation Awards held recently in Port Elizabeth.

The awards were held by the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture in conjunction with Eastern Cape Sports Confederation. The aim is to grant recognition and encouragement to locals for their contribution to the development of sport in the region.

Edge, a former Springbok swimmer and lifesaver linked to the NMMU high performance centre, told News24 that he was extremely proud to have received this award on behalf of his coaching achievements.

“Being a swimming coach is more of a passion than a job. The fact that I absolutely love what I do motivates me every day.” said Edge in reflecting on his 35-year coaching career.

Eight of Edge’s representatives last year partook in internationally renowned events such as the All Africa Games, African Junior Swimming Championships, Fina Swimming World Cup and the Commonwealth Youth Games.

The swimmers had reportedly brought home more than 20 medals from these respective galas.

In addition, two of Edge’s swimmers – from Uitenhage, Alard and Alaric Basson, were finalists in the Sportsman of the Year category.

The institution’s aquatics manager, Melinda Goosen, said it was a great achievement for the brothers after they had represented South Africa at the All-African Games, the Fina World Cup and the University Games last year.

Edge said that the focus for him and his swimmers will now be on the South African National Aquatic Championships which will be held in Durban next month and the forthcoming Olympic trials. 

Image: Alard (left) and Alaric Basson (right) at the World Student's Games with Mark Edge (middle).