Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion swimmer, Chad le Clos, has smashed records around the world, and has now set his sights on building a pool in the centre of the Mother City.
Le Clos is keen to get started on a stadium in a ‘central location’, where he wants to add a 50-metre pool worthy of hosting a Fina World Series gala.
“Once we get the thumbs up from government, we can move forward and look for a major sponsor, preferably a big corporate to back us and fund the project.
“We already have the coaches and the structures in place. It is now about getting the funding,” said le Clos.
He hopes to develop a world-class facility that will one day be able to bring the World Cup back to South Africa.
“It is an indoor facility, a stadium that is not being used, and we are going to drop a pool in there and it has everything,” le Close explained. “I want to host nationals and a World Cup there some day. If I can raise close to R3-m or R4-m, then I’ll get the rest, including a 25-metre warm up pool.”
He said the pool would not be exclusive to elite swimmers, but would also be used to do crucial development work and hopefully allow future swimming champions be discovered.