Michelle Weber was born in Vereeniging, South Africa, born on the 28 September 1996. She is one of four children and is part of a large tight-knit family.
Her love for water started at the age of Five, where she watched her older sister learn to swim. Michelle begged her mom each time her older sibling was training if she could also get in the water. Not too long after that, she took her first strokes in the pool.
Michelle Weber’s early years
At seven years old Michelle’s learn-to-swim coach, Jenny, recognized her competitive nature and urged Michelle’s parents that she should partake in her first provincial swim meet. At the end of the meet, Michelle walked away with a silver and bronze medal. Thereafter there was no turning back for the young swimmer as she pursued her love for the sport, competing every chance she got.
She is now 21 years old and one of South Africa’s top female swimmers. Michelle holds numerous National age group records and is a South African Open Water champion in the 5 and 10km for the last 7 years. Michelle holds the following titles:
- Junior Open Water World Champion
- Youth Commonwealth Games medalist
- Youth Olympian
- South Africa’s only female swimmer at the 2016 Olympic Games
- Michelle ranks (2018) 7th worldwide in the 5km event
I have my sights set on the World Championships next year to qualify for my second Olympic Games, which will be Tokyo 2020.
Outside the pool, Michelle founded the Share-A-Lane project which aims to promote swimming.
Stay connected with her as she takes on the journey as a top athlete, who loves to travel, being outdoors and meeting new people.