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Swimming SA surprised by award

Swimming South Africa won the Federation of the Year at Sunday night’s SA Sports Awards.

Swimming South Africa won the Federation of the Year at Sunday night’s SA Sports Awards. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Swimming South Africa (SSA) President Jace Naidoo has told EWN Sport winning the Federation of the Year at Sunday night's SA Sports Awards came as a bit of a surprise.

Despite drama at Nationals earlier this year which saw the competition cut short because of a dirty pool, Swimming SA still snapped up the Sports Body of the Year Award.

Naidoo maintains issues that plagued them were out of their control.

"These are challenges that are going to face sports administrations all the time. We've had games in football and rugby where lights go off. The sports administration isn't in control of that. So often we try to make sure that the facility is of the standard we expect. But I think overall if you look at the whole range of all the things we have done and some of the challenges we had to overcome over the last few years, I think swimming has done exceptionally well."

Graham Hill once again lost out in the Coach of the Year category, something Naidoo says was bitterly disappointing.

"Graham has done exceptionally well over the last few years and as a local coach I don't think there are many other coaches that have delivered medal-winning performances at Olympic games as he has. It's disappointing for him, especially after the gold and silver medal in last year's Olympic Games."

Following the Great Exhibition at the London Games and last night's big award, Naidoo says they will have to raise the bar even higher next year.