Brendon joined Vineyard in 2009 and has been the Head Coach since 2010. Brendon began in 2001 as a learn-to-swim teacher for Missouri State Aquatics in the USA. Over the next five years he worked his way to becoming the Senior coach in 2005. Before joining Vineyard, Brendon was Head Coach of Sheridan Swim team in Illinois, USA.
As a swimmer Brendon was a multiple WP age group and open champion and record holder in multiple events. He finaled at Senior Nationals every year from 1997 to 2000. He swam on a scholarship for Missouri State University from 2000 to 2004.
Gavin is now approaching his 12th season with Vineyard Swimming club. Starting in 2009, right after the Rondebosch New Pool was a gravel parking lot. He has always been a water-orientated sportsman, excelling in water polo and swimming from a young age. It was in high school when he decided to fully commit to swimming and pursue a goal of making it to the national stage. After adopting a new training philosophy, USRPT, with coach Brendon Pienaar he rose quickly through the ranks and claimed his first national titles in the butterfly, backstroke and freestyle events at 14 years old.
After gaining some momentum and being selected for the SA Junior Squad in 2017, Gavin sustained a career threatening shoulder injury that took him out of the water for 5 months in 2018. During this time, he was faced with major life decisions and learnt about how easily the ability to do what you love can be taken away. Yet, he still had a fire lit within to keep him going. In the following year, 2019, Gavin went on to reclaim the 100m butterfly national title for his age group and achieved World Junior Championships qualifying times in the 400m Freestyle.
He has recently ended off his school swimming career as a 13-time high school record holder and captained the Rondebosch Swim Team to their 10th consecutive A-League Gala title. As of now Gavin looks to the future with open arms, hoping to “dive into the deep end” and come face to face with the challenges our world has to offer.