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The African Children Aquatic Foundation is proud to be associated with Lyndon Ferns, a retired Olympic gold-medalist and former world record swimmer from South Africa. He swam for South Africa at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. At the 2004 Olympics, he was a member of the iconic South African Men's 4×100 m freestyle relay team that won the event in a world record time. Together with Ryk Neethling, Roland Schoeman and Darian Townsend, this team became known as the Awesome Foursome. Two years later they, again,  broke the record and won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.


During the 2007 World Championships held in Melbourne, Australia, Lyndon became the first man out of Africa to complete the 100m butterfly in under 52 seconds, touching the wall in 51.90 seconds and with that breaking his own African record. Lyndon also competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where he set the African record in the 100m freestyle at 48.00, earning a sixth place in the finals.


At the 2009 World Championships, Lyndon became the first male athlete from Africa, to complete the 100m freestyle in under 48 seconds, setting the African record at 47.79 seconds. He is still the only man from Africa to have completed the 100m freestyle in a sub 48 second swim.

In April 2011, Lyndon retired from competitive swimming. He attended the University of Arizona where he competed at the NCAA 1st Division for his four years of eligibility under the tutelage of former-Olympian, world-renowned sprint coach, Rick DeMont. Lyndon completed his eligibility as a 24-time All-American, NCAA record holder, 3-time relay national champion as well as national champion in the 100y butterfly. He also completed a degree in Business Science (Accounting) through the University of Arizona. At the end of his decorated swimming career, Lyndon got involved in swim coaching, producing many young South African Age Group Champions. 

Lyndon now lives in South Africa and is following a very successful career as Divisional Chief Executive for Ford and Chery in the CFOA Motor Group. 


He is passionate about swimming and about water safety for younger children. He is married to beautiful wife Jacqueline, a former Mrs South Africa (2020).

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Introducing Nonhle Jali: Brand Ambassador for the African Children Aquatic Foundation.

We're thrilled to have Nonhle Jali as our brand ambassador. As a respected businesswoman, reality TV star, and actress, she is known for her unwavering commitment as a devoted mother to her four children.


Nonhle's association with our foundation began through her children's participation in swimming programmes at Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy, our esteemed partner. Her three children, starting their swimming journey as infants, successfully completed our Self-Rescue Water Safety Programme and are excelling in various stages of swimming education.


Amahle, just 7 years old, has achieved remarkable success in the Young Competitive Swimmers Programme, representing her school's A-team. The twins, Andile Junior and Amaré, are making enthusiastic progress in the Advanced Phase of the Learn-to-Swim Programme.

Nonhle's eldest, Aurelie, an alumna of Centurion Swimming & Aqua Centre, is currently pursuing studies in the United States.


With a history as the face of USN and a star in Bootcamp, Nonhle is a passionate fitness enthusiast. Her endorsement of our foundation stems from her belief in the interconnectedness of physical fitness and mental wellbeing. Nonhle is dedicated to empowering young people, aligning with our mission to promote water safety and swimming skills, especially for children in townships and rural areas.


Join us in celebrating Nonhle Jali's pivotal role in advancing our mission for a safer, healthier future for children in aquatic environments.

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