13 July 2007

MELISSA CORFE - SA ARE PROUD OF YOU - Friday, 13 July 2007

Melissa Corfe far right. (12 July 2007)

Message from a proud Mum (ex Bundu Chick) to DOING LIFE's author:

"Hi Desire, Thought I would keep you posted on Melissa’s details. She won two of the ten golds for SA last night. One for the 100 free and one for the relay, picture attached. Cheers Sheila"

"Hi Desire,The Gold Medal count for Melissa at All Africa Games has now increased to three!!!! She also broke the Games record last night in 200m Freestyle.They even showed her interview on the news last night. What a proud moment!!! I must admit to feeling very emotional, maybe missing her as well. Sheila"

"Essentially, Melissa is driven by her passion to represent her country at the highest level in the Beijing 2008 Olympics. She remains a very humble and hard working athlete who always strives to give of her best at every possible moment. As her parents, she continues to make us very proud and will always uphold her family values and be the perfect daughter to us. Best Regards Sheila"


Date of Birth: 20/01/1986 Country of Residence: South Africa Nationality: South African


MELISSA CORFE ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2006 AND PART OF 2007: Represented South Africa at Common Wealth Games in 2006 making two final events and finishing in the top 5 for both 100m & 200m backstroke KZN Senior SPORTS WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2006 SA Short Course 2006 – 5 Gold Medals SA Nationals 2007 – 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver 2ND Female in Women’s open event @ Midmar 2007 (1st South African) 2007 Selected for SA Olympic Squad for Beijing 2008 2007 Selected for SA Team for All Africa Games Algeria 2/7/2007 to 22/7/2007 2007 Selected for SA Team for Japan International Meet August 2007 2007 Selected for SA Team for World Student Games, August 2007

Noteworthy Events: She has held 14 age group records and 6 open women's records.

Championships/Events: All Africa Games, Algiers, gold medal, 100 freestyle, 2007 FINA Swimming World Cup, Dutban, 17th (2:03:33), 200m Freestyle, 2005 FINA Swimming World Cup, Durban, 7th (8:48:47), 800m Freestyle, 2005 FINA Swimming World Cup, Durban, 3rd (2:12:02), 200m Backstroke, 2005 FINA World Championships, Montreal, 17th (2:14:71), 200m Backstroke, 2005 FINA World Championships, Montreal, 16th ( 4:12:21), 4 x 100m Medley relay, 2005 Commonwealth Youth Games, 6 gold medals, 2 bronze medals, 2004

Current Positions: Swimmer- 800m Freestyle, South African Swimming team Swimmer- 100m backstroke, South African Swimming team Swimming- 200m Backstroke, South African Swimming Team

- Proud Teacher of a Springbok Mum Signing Off


  1. Way to go Melissa!!

    I get goose bumps reading about Melissa as I have known her since primary school days as she was a friend of Leanne's. I think she changed schools at some point and they lost contact, but I have always enjoyed reading about any of her achievements.

    Sheila, you have every reason to be proud - well done.


  2. Stella6:57 PM

    Well done to Melissa & her proud family for these wonderful achievements. I to was a swimmer in my hey day and I know what hard work, training & many sacrifies one has to make to achieve these outstanding achievements. Well done and we certaining look forward to the Beijing 2008 Olympics. XXX


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