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Jess Awarded Honours for Both Open Water Swimming & Competitive Swimming


Edenvale High awarded Jessica Burgess with school honours for both Open Water swimming and Competitive Pool Swimming. She adds these accolades to her full Eastern provincial colours for Open Water Swimming, and Colt Swimming Colours for competitive swimming.

Jessica is a Matric student, and ESP Kempton swimmer. She recently returned from The Open Water Nationals held in Cape Town two weeks ago. She came 17th out of more than 70 swimmers in the 3km event.

Jess is a multi awarded provincial representative in a variety of aquatic sports. In the last 4 years she has represented competitive swimming. Open Water Swimming for the past 3. Jess obtained 2ndPlace at the Platinum Mile and 4th at Heie Safari. Her best time for the 3km event is. Her best time for 3km is 41 minutes.

As a youngster she was awarded colours 5 times (5years) for Gauteng Provincial Lifesaving representation (3 years in primary school and 2 years in high school)

On a school level, Jess has done well every year. She has qualified 5 years in a row for the Inter-High Prestige Gala, winning 4 medals (bronze & silver in Grade 11 & bronze and silver in Grade 12). Added to the medals are 2 records that she recorded in the 200m freestyle event in Grade 11 and Grade 12. Jess was awarded the Senior Victrix Laudorum, and Best Junior Open Water swimmer at the recent Prize Gicving at Edenvale Jigh

The Aquatic Academy has been well represented at the Inter High Prestige Gala. 7 swimmers represented their various schools (Edenvale High and Reddam) this year bringing home 5 medals. Edenvale High swimmers included Kyle McKenzie, and Clayton Malaza. Brooklynn Bohler swam in a qualifying relay team. Skye and Savannah Sheerin have represented Assumption Convent at a separate Inter High Gala.

Reddam swimmer Travis Banks won a Bronze in the 50 breaststroke. Savannah Mitchell swam 4 events at the Prestige Inter High, winning a bronze medal too. Storm Ryder won another bronze for Reddam after qualifying for the 50m Backstroke event, in a time of 36.20.

Savannah also received Victrix Ladorum at Reddam.

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