Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
Brown’s Olympic dream becomes a
Durban – After the agonising disappointment of missing out on the
London Olympic Games four years ago, the elation of qualifying
for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has outweighed the
disappointment for Elite Athlete Development Programme swimming
star Myles Brown who will represent South Africa at the world
showpiece in August.
With one chance to qualify at the recent South African Swimming
Championships, Brown knew that he had the ability to be on the
South African team however getting through the qualification
process was the biggest challenge in his 400m Freestyle bid.
“It’s a massive relief that I have finally qualified,” said the
former Kearsney College pupil.“It is up there with one of the
biggest moments of my career!”
“I just missed out on the London Games so it’s an awesome feeling
knowing that I am going to be going to the Olympic Games later
Despite the fact that qualification is in the bag, Brown and the
rest of the South African swimming team have got a number of
events and pre-Olympic camps to attend and so realises there is
no time to rest on his laurels.
“The year started with trying to get into the best shape possible
for the qualifiers but now the real hard work starts for myself
and the rest of the team.
“I have to start stepping it up now and get prepared to race
overseas in the build-up to Rio as we leave South Africa on 19
May for a long period of preparation, starting with a two week
stay in Doha followed by the Mare Nostrum Series,” an excited
Brown’s preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games finish
in the host nation following more competitive swimming in the
“We will be swimming in a few gala’s in Fort Laudedale in the
United States before we jet off for Brazil where we will be
preparing just outside Rio.
“This will probably be the most important preparation for us as
we will be acclimatising as well as getting over any jetlag that
we might have right before the event.
“There is still a long way to go but I am just really excited for
the opportunity to represent my country at the biggest sporting
event in the world!” Brown mentioned excitedly.
The role that the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation, the
Elite Athlete Development Programme as well as coach Graham Hill
have played in getting Brown to the position that he is in is not
lost on the 24-year old as he realises the enormity of his
“I don’t think what has happened would have been possible without
the help of the EADP and Prime as well as my coach.
“They have all played a vital role in getting me to where I am
today, whether it be through the gym or in the pool, and I am
“The way in which the team at Prime help me in my recovery as
well as my preparation for events is invaluable to me and without
them I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing and doing it well,” an
appreciative Brown explained.
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Having missed out
narrowly on making it to the London 2012 Olympic Games, Elite
Athlete Development Programme swimming star Myles Brown's dream
has come true as he recently qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games
in Rio de Janeiro in August.
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