SA Olympian: Olympic Games-bound Jarred Crous, 19, started swimming 11 years ago to control his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. “I started skipping and swimming. I skipped for three weeks straight and then he worked on my swimming and then he got my breaststroke technique and I’ve been a breast-stroker ever since. He’s the one who taught me how to glide. Crous achieved the 200m breaststroke standard for the Rio Games in August by one-hundredth of a second at the SA championships in Durban last week. He had earlier missed the qualifying time in his main event, the 100m breaststroke. Crous, whose family relocated to Pretoria several years ago, said his parents had made numerous sacrifices for him even “when we’ve had no money”.
Crous, who plans to enrol at Tuks next year after his Olympic gap year, said he learnt how to craft things with his hands while at his grandfather’s farm outside Bhisho, Eastern Cape, where he enjoyed free rein. “It’s my Zen garden, the entire farm. So [my grandfather] pretty much got me into making stuff and my mom’s also been quite lenient. They stood with me the first time I used an angle grinder – I was about nine years old. I enjoy being on my own, in my own sort of bubble.”