TOWNSEND Darian < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA South Africa   
Gender Men
Born 28 Aug 1984 in Pinetown, SAF
Height1.96 m
Weight 83 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Tucson, AZ, USA
Occupation Athlete, Coach
Languages English
Higher education Sociology - Univeristy of Arizona: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? "I started swimming at home at about two years old, and then joined Seals Swimming Club at seven years old."
Why this sport? His mother Rita was a swimming teacher.
Club / Team Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics : Pietermaritzburg, RSA
Name of coach Johno Fergusson
Training Regime Swims up to 6,000 yards [approx 5.5km] per session. He trains twice a day and attends the gym three times a week.
General Interest
Hobbies Supporting Manchester United. (twitter.com, 04 Mar 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Receiving the MVP award for the U19 South African swimming team which toured Australia. (sealskzn.co.za, 27 Jul 2010)
Hero / Idol Alex Popov because he has won so many Olympic medals and is the ultimate swimmer. (NOCSA, 01 Jul 2004)
Sporting philosophy / motto "My desire to win. Each time I raced and got beaten, it made me more determined to train harder and become faster. Every time I won, it made me want to win more and break records." (sealskzn.co.za, 27 Jul 2010)
Awards and honours He was Pietermaritzburg's Homegrown Sportsperson of the Year for 2009. (witness.co.za, 10 Dec 2009)
Other sports He has also played water polo in South Africa at a provincial level. (The Star, 25 Sep 2002)
Famous relatives His sister Cheryl is a swimmer. (arizonawildcats.com, 27 2010)
Other information SWIMMING ABROAD
He believes that the opportunity of attaining a scholarship in the USA can be beneficial for every swimmer. "For swimmers going over the United States, they are given scholarships and the opportunity to race almost every weekend. And at the end of their four years, they come out with a good degree. Until South African universities are able to offer scholarships to swimmers, I believe swimmers are better suited training in the US." (sealskzn.co.za, 27 Jul 2010)

POSSIBLE RETIREMENT
He admits he thought about retiring after competing at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
"The moment I really didn't want to swim any more was after Commonwealth Games in 2006, where I swam really poorly. I then had to go swim the NCAA championships. I again swam very badly, but what made it worse was my coach told me I wasn't trying and basically that I sucked. To have someone tell you that is the worst thing an athlete can hear." (sealskzn.co.za, 27 Jul 2010)

SWIMSUITS
He is a supporter and proponent of swimsuits. "My opinion on the suits is that they should be allowed to stay. I think FINA needs to regulate new advancements in technology a little better from now on. But for FINA to say at the end of the year we are going to go back to fully 'woven' suits, is a major step back for swimming. Yes the new suits have wiped out what many previous great swimmers have done, that is, their records. But the suits haven't taken away their medals or placings at major competitions. They are all still national heroes in their respective countries and idols to many of us."