Penny Heyns distances herself from WP swimming investigation

Penny Heyns is named as the recipient of a payment from an 'unauthorised WCA bank account'.

Penny Heyns. Picture: ‏@Penny Heyns on Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Olympic swimming champion Penny Heyns has reiterated that the origin of a payment made to her for a clinic she conducted for Western Province Aquatics simply has nothing to do to her.

The President of the Western Province Aquatics and Swimming South Africa Deputy President, Briane Reynolds, has, according to the clubs in the region, resigned from this position.

He's told Eyewitness News that's not confirmed yet.

This comes after a preliminary investigation made wide-ranging findings against him and two other members of his executive related to financial mismanagement at the organisation.

Heyns is named in finding nine of the report as the recipient of a payment from an 'unauthorised WCA bank account, payments but no recon'.

This relates to origin of the bank account from which the money came but in no way implicates Heyns in any wrongdoing, as she outlines in a statement:

"It is and has been for several years now my passion and core business to develop the sport of swimming through offering Stroke technique and motivational clinics throughout South Africa and Africa.

"In September 2015, we received a request from Western Province Aquatics to hold a five-hour clinic and motivational talk at the annual Western Province Aquatic carnival to be held on Saturday 13 February 2016.

"We agreed and in good faith further offered a 45 percent reduced fee, and covered our own transport (2x flights plus car rental). Accommodation was sponsored.

"As per usual business practice we invoiced Western Province Aquatics for a 50 percent deposit to secure dates and duly received said deposit on 21 September. We have no way of knowing from which account payment was made as the only reference was our invoice number.

"We held our clinic as per agreement on 13 February and were paid the balance 50 percent payment 16t Feb 2016, once again our statements do not reflect a bank account but only our invoice number."

While the investigator, Gary Bonney (Vice President, Western Province Aquatics), also moved to highlight that Heyns herself is not implicated in the findings.

"The WPA Financial Investigation team confirms that transactions as reported by Ms Heyns are an accurate reflection of bank transactions between WPA and herself and further that Ms Heyns is in no way implicated in any of the financial investigations undertaken by the team."