A deep passion for aquatics has led to Taylor-Jade Van Huyssteen being chosen for the SA Artistic Swimming team, which will be travelling to Egypt later this month.
Van Huyssteen was selected at the SA National Age Group Artistic Swimming Championships held in December 2019.
“I competed in two duets – free and technical, as well as in figures,” Van Huyssteen said.
“I received gold for all the events and that was a lovely feeling.
“I’ve been given an amazing opportunity with my syncro partner and we work well together,” Huyssteen said.
She also received trophies for the highest points in the championships, as well as for Junior Soloist of the Year.
Having decided to take a gap year, the 18-year-old swimmer is currently training with her partner in Cape Town.
“I’m doing the free and technical duets with my partner, then I’m also competing in a swimming combo with 10 people for the World Series,” Van Huyssteen said.
In 2019, she was selected for the team to attend the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Korea.
Van Huyssteen, who has been swimming since the age of six, started artistic swimming at the age of 13 with Aquanova Aquatics Club.
Her mother, Janet, said Taylor-Jade had made a lot of sacrifices over the years, spending a lot of time training.
Van Huyssteen is not just a swimmer, she is a qualified modern dance teacher, which she says helps her with her synchronised swimming.
She has also represented SA for six years and participated in two senior and two junior world championships.
In addition, she is also training for the Olympic trials, to be held in Durban in April.
“I would love to study overseas and do a course in something to do with sport, and also carry on with my syncro swimming,” Van Huyssteen said.