Chad le Clos, the most decorated swimmer at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia, is returning home ready to train future champions.
On Friday, he will launch the Chad le Clos Academy (CLeC) at the Quadrant Complex in Claremont.
With a total of 17 career gold medals to his name, three of which have been bagged at this month’s Games on the Gold Coast, Le Clos has now set his sights on opening a “world-class” swimming academy in the Mother City.
It will focus on training young children to swim and, ultimately, pursue Olympic greatness, reports the Sunday Tribune.
Le Clos is from Durban but now lives in Cape Town, and says he hopes to expand the academy to other provinces.
He started swimming competitively at the age of 10 and at 14 he made the senior Olympic squad.
Just four years later, at 18, he held two senior South African records, as well as Commonwealth junior and senior records.
His father, Bert le Clos, is equally excited.
“He became the first to win the most medals in the history of the Commonwealth Games and also the first to win three consecutive gold medals at the Games. He rewrote the history book three times,” said a delighted Bert.
Kathryn Nurse, of the CLeC Academy, said the academy’s “big reveal” will take place on Friday when Chad is back in the country.
The 26-year-old claimed his third gold medal of the Commonwealth Games after winning the 100m butterfly in a Games record time of 50.65sec.
He had earlier won gold in the 50m and 200m butterfly events at this year’s Games.