Meet the team

Here at Sandton Seals Swimming, we have dedicated coaches with a passion for the sport. Below follows some more information about each coach.

Liz Haupt

I was a late starter to swimming, having only learnt how to swim at 7 years of age. I was petrified of the water but worked through that fear with a remarkable Learn-to-Swim teacher. I have a passion for Learn-to-Swim and Stroke Development, stemming from this amazing contribution to my life that my Learn-to-Swim teacher made for me. My competitive journey started with weekly Monday night Club Nights and then took off from there. I was KZN Age Group title and record holder in breaststroke by age 12 and qualified for Senior Nationals at the tender age of 13 years. By 14, under the guidance of my coach, Alisdair Hatfield, I was SA Record Holder and winning Senior Nationals in both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events.

I remained champion in these 2 events all through high school and captained the KZN Swimming Team to Nationals in 1989 and 1990. I received my Springbok colors for Swimming in 1989 and was also nominated for sportswoman of the year in that year. After Matric, I took up a swimming scholarship for 1 year to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. By the time I returned to South Africa, sport was opening up as we were slowly being allowed back into the international arena. In 1992, at our first Olympic Trials after isolation, I still won the 200m Breaststroke but SA sent Penny Heyns instead. My last swan song to go to the Olympics was not to be. And so I decided to get into coaching. In 1994, I moved up to Johannesburg to join, and later married Steve Haupt. We share 2 beautiful boys together.

Steve and I were responsible for opening the Wahoo Aquatic Centre in 2005. One of my responsibilities was that of program coordinator and I systematized the structure for the levels of swimming in the centre from Babies and Learn-to-Swim to Squad training. I was particularly instrumental in starting the Wahoo development program which was responsible for teaching children from disadvantaged backgrounds to swim. Steve and I were recognized for our efforts in the Wahoo project, by Swimming South Africa, with a Gold Award at the 2006 Teachers and Coaches Conference “for courage and great endeavor, taking personal risk and responsibility to provide a comfortable training facility for teaching and training of swimmers”.After Wahoo, I opened up my own swim school at my home and when not on deck coaching with Steve, I was in the water teaching and/or being mom. It's been almost 30 years in this game for me and you will still find me in and around water. I firmly believe swimming should be about discovery, right from learning how to swim, to becoming the best swimmer you can be. Discover the feel for water and it will be your best friend forever.

Skye La Grange

My name is Skye La Grange. I am a very dedicated, determined and hard working person and I give 100% to everything that I do.
I matriculated in 2021 at Rand Park High School. My whole life I have known that I want to work with children. In 2022 I taught dancing to children and I loved it. Besides dancing almost all my life, I swam since a baby. My mom has absolutely loved swimming since a little girl and therefore I grew up by the pool and this is where my love for swimming developed. I swam competitively all throughout primary school and I also swam in high school for fun. Loving the water as far back as I can remember and my sister doing many swimming courses, she also gave me the idea to do my learn to swim course in 2023. I have also done a First Aid Course. I am currently working for Sandton Seals Swimming as a learn to swim instructor.

As a teacher, I am patient, fun and kind but also firm when needed. I enjoy working with all age groups and love what I do. I focus on survival skills in the pool before anything else as I find it extremely important above all else so that everyone is safe in the water. In the future I would also like to do other swimming courses to expand my knowledge and go further and I also want to study to become and pre-school teacher. Ever since I have started teaching swimming, I have loved every minute of it and look forward to it everyday. I truly love seeing both children and adults develop their swimming skills and I am very privileged to be able to be sharing my passion with people everyday.

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