About

ANNEMARIE DRESSLER

MORE THAN A SPORT – IT’S A LIFESTYLE!

Annemarie Dressler


BSc, BA (HMS) (Hons)
Registered practicing Biokineticist (BASA)
Open water and Masters swimming coach (ASCA level 3)

Although her early education in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics prepared her for a career in science, her passion has always been swimming. Annemarie opened her first swim school called the Secunda Tadpoles in 1992 and since then she has always been involved in swimming and coaching in one way or another. In 2006 she returned to the University of Pretoria as a full time student to complete a four-year degree in Biokinetics. She qualified top of her class and was awarded the BASA top Biokinetic student award in 2010. Annemarie stayed on at TUKS in 2011 to lecture on a part time basis and presented courses on swim coaching, sport psychology and coaching children. She has since started research on scapular stability in swimmers with the aim of completing a Masters degree in addition to  have also done research on sighting during open water swims and the incidence of shoulder injuries in master’s swimmers. She is a member of BASA (Biokinetic Association of SA) and ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association).

Annemarie was introduced to Masters swimming in 1997 and this started her swimming again after an almost 20-year break. In 2005 she broke her first SA records in various masters’ backstroke and breaststroke events in her age group. She was also placed 6th in the FINA world rankings in the 200m backstroke. Her whole world fell apart when she was diagnosed later that same year with breast cancer and have since battled and conquered a reoccurrence of the disease. Through all of the challenges that life threw her way, she had one enduring passion that kept her going. Her love for swimming…

In all her years of struggling to find a swim coach for herself, she realised the need for individualised coaching and started an email based coaching service for Masters swimmers in 2005. Annemarie currently provide an individualised coaching and strength conditioning service to triathletes, masters’ and open water swimmers across the world. Being a registered and practising Biokineticist and through her own experiences she understand illness, injury and the ageing process and this has helped her to design specialised training schedules for her swimmers. she also do shoulder pre- and rehabilitation with swimmers in her Biokinetic practice.

In September 2013 she started an adult swim squad based in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, South Africa. The squad has grown to 70 swimmers since its inception. Due to the growth in the business she has appointed former World cup swimmer Chrisna Luus and Mr Carl Theunissen (ASCA level 2) as assistant coaches.

SWIMMERS ACHIEVEMENTS

Her swimmer’s achievements for the 2012/2013 swimming season include:

  • 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in the 2012 Masters World championships
  • 3 gold medals at the Maccabi Games 2013
  • 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the World Transplant Games 2013
  • 3 swimmers swam SAMS qualifying times placing them in the FINA top 10 listing
  • 7 swimmers broke 13 South Africa masters LC&SC records

Her swimmer’s achievements for the 2013/2014 swimming season include:

  • 3 swimmers swam SAMS qualifying times placing them in the FINA top 10 listing
  • SA records SC&LC bettered– 31
  • Provincial records bettered – 67

11 swimmers competed in the SA short course champs

42 swimmers competed in the SA long course champs (11% of all participants)

  • 1st places achieved at SA Masters champs SC&LC -69
  • 2nd places achieved at SA Masters champs SC&LC – 45
  • 3rd places achieved at SA Masters champs SC&LC – 36
  • 1 swimmer completed the Robben Island relay challenge
  • 1 swimmer completed the 8 miles at Midmar
  • 1 swimmer completed the half Iron Man
  • 1 swimmer were placed first in her age group at Midmar

Her swimmer’s achievements for the 2014/2015 swimming season include:

  • 1 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals in the 2015 Masters World championships in Montreal
  • 5 swimmers swam SAMS qualifying times placing them in the FINA top 10 listing
  • SA records SC&LC bettered– 23
  • Provincial records bettered – 60

13 swimmers competed in the SA short course champs

56 swimmers competed in the SA long course champs (12% of all participants)

  • 1st places achieved at SA Masters champs SC&LC -66
  • 2nd places achieved at SA Masters champs SC&LC – 49
  • 3rd places achieved at SA Masters champs SC&LC – 24
  • 1 swimmer completed the half Iron Man

Her swimmer’s achievements for the 2015/2016 swimming season include:

  • 1 gold and 2 bronze medals in the 2014 Masters World championships in Russia
  • 7 swimmers swam SAMS qualifying times placing them in the FINA top 10 listing
  • SA records SC&LC bettered– 19
  • Provincial records bettered – 14

15 swimmers competed in the SA short course champs

41 swimmers competed in the SA long course champs (9% of all participants)

  • 1st places achieved at SA Masters champs SC&LC -66
  • 2nd places achieved at SA Masters champs SC&LC – 45
  • 3rd places achieved at SA Masters champs SC&LC – 36
  • 2 swimmers completed the 8 miles at Midmar
  • 2 swimmers completed the Iron Man
  • 2 swimmers completed the half Iron Man
  • 9 swimmers completed the Polar Bear swim
  • 2 swimmers were placed first in their age groups at Midmar, 1 second and 3 third.

Her coaching program has to date delivered 2 Masters World champions, 9 FINA Masters top 10 swimmers and 50 national masters age group champions. She has truly been blessed to work with tremendously talented swimmers. However, some of her proudest moments were when her swimmers completed their first open water swims – one season after completing the Learn to swim program, swam personal best times or just arrived for training at the open-air squad pool at 5am in the winter!