Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
SA Coach of the Year backing
Durban – With a number of the country’s top swimmers under his
tutelage it seemed fit that swimming coach Graham Hill was
awarded the Coach of the Year award at the 2015 South African
Sports Awards and the renowned mentor praised the work that the
Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP) has done for his
With the Rio Olympic Games being the major focus for Hill and the
swimmers he coaches, making sure that they are fully fit and
consistently at the top of their game is crucial with around six
months to go until one of the biggest sporting events in the
With this in mind Hill is impressed by how the EADP has helped in
recovery of a number of swimmers.
“I am not going to lie, the way in which the programme has helped
in the rehabilitation of the swimmers has been incredible,”
mentioned Hill. “Erin Gallagher managed to recover from a freak
knee injury as well as Megan van Wyk just to name a few.
“The way in which the athletes are treated at Prime by the staff
of the EADP is out of this world and is great for me as a coach.
“It is brilliant that we can go to the doctors at Prime and they
can assist us specifically as opposed to a regular doctor who
tends to not have much interest in high performance sports,” Hill
Having a centre that caters to athletes specific needs and with
the peace of mind that his swimmers are in good hands has been a
great help for Hill and gives him the freedom to concentrate
specifically on getting his swimmers ready for competition.
“The trainers and doctors become as much a part of the swimmers
preparations as I do!
“They play an important role in getting the swimmers primed and
prepared and with the Olympics this year being our only focus now
we can concentrate on our preparation and leave the rest to the
professionals,” he added.
With the Rio Olympic Games coming up later in 2016 Hill’s focus
is primarily on the showpiece event and with the EADP providing
his swimmers with the necessary advantage to succeed Hill is
thankful for what the team at the Prime HPI do.
“Seeing my guys doing so well and always improving definitely
means that the programme is working!
“I endorse the programme fully and with the Olympic qualifiers
being our next major focus we just hope to see more improvements.
“April will be a big month for a number of the swimmers who have
to qualify for the Olympics but we are hoping that the positive
results can continue,” a hopeful Hill stated.
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One of South Africa's
leading coaches Graham Hill has praised the Elite Athlete
Development Programme for their continued support of the swimmers
that are under his guidance.
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