Suzaan van Biljon announces her retirement from competitive swimming
Multiple South African breaststroke champion Suzaan van Biljon has announced her retirement from competitive swimming with immediate effect.
The likeable van Biljon became a household name when she claimed the South African title in the 100m breaststroke at the South African National Aquatics Championships at Kings Park as a fourteen year old in 2004.
Originally from Bloemfontein, van Biljon relocated to Pretoria in 2005, eventually declining the advances of numerous Colleges in the USA and joined the powerful University of Pretoria (Tuks) Aquatics Club where she evolved as one of South Africa’s finest and most loved champions.
A multiple Olympian and contestant at numerous FINA World Swimming Championships, both long and short course, van Biljon pursued her career with vigour following in the footsteps of the legendary trio of Penny Heyns, Julia Russell, Tanya Naude and the talented Sarah Poewe. She acquitted herself with distinction and was without a doubt one of the finest exponents of breaststroke ever produced in South Africa.
In a statement issued on Thursday morning Suzaan stated the following:
Dearest University of Pretoria
For so many years I have been part of Tuks. I started at your Sport school in 2005 as a young girl and have grown to be part of this wonderful place.
I regret to inform you that I have decided to retire from swimming and start a new dream. It has been a tough but wonderful journey and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved. Tuks Sport and the HPC have been the most loyal supporters I have ever had and I could have asked for a better team.
I would never have achieved my goals without your support and motivation. I will always be loyal towards these institutes and will always try be available to help, promote and encourage people to be part of TUKS and HPC. Words cannot describe my gratitude.
I will dearly miss the people, facilities and positivity around Tuks and HPC. One day I hope to be part of Tuks in some way again.
Suzaan van Biljon
From the entire South African swimming fraternity we wish this graceful champion all the very best in her future.
ZwemZa | Neville Smith