Grade 10 star is selected for the national swim squad


A Grade 10 schoolchild at Crawford College Sandton was recently selected for the South African youth swimming squad.

Jordan-Jenna Rolfe has been swimming for 11 years, seven of which have been competitive. From early on, her exceptional freestyle kick became her hallmark.

JJ, as she is known by her teammates, enjoys freestyle and butterfly. The mid to long distance events are her forte, namely the 200 free, 400 free, 800 free and the 1 500 free.

She is an incredibly determined young woman who is not afraid of hard work and she fully embraces the long hours and sacrifices necessary for success in the pool.

“Sometimes demanding school work and long training sets can take their toll, but I know that my school and my teachers are behind me 100 percent and I always manage to juggle my school work, swimming and social life,” said Rolfe.

“My friends are awesome and my amazing family are so supportive.”

JJ is currently ranked number one in South Africa, in the 16-year-old (born 2001) age group for the 400, 800 and 1 500 freestyle. “I seldom take note of my rankings as I am constantly moving my goalposts. It is important in a sport like swimming, to never get complacent.”

Swimming siblings’ successes

JJ welcomes the toughest of sets, but her love for swimming is enhanced by her teammates and coaches at Waterborn. “My teammates are second family to me; we push and encourage each other; the pool is my second home.”

She aims to continue working hard with her coaches while keeping her eye on 2020.

Her motto is: Don’t wish for it – work for it!


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Staff Reporter

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