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Dear Penny Just to say thank you very much for the clinic. both Shona and I came away with a lot to think about and put into action. She was probably the youngest there at 9, all she wanted was to get in the pool and swim! The main thing is that she came home really inspired, she wrote down her goals. I am busy reading your book Penny, and finding it very interesting

 

Date of Posting: 14 May 2013
Posted By: Madeleine Graham




Dear Penny & Zelda Thank-you, the kids are so motivated at training and excited about their upcoming meets. Muscles are aching this week as drills are being approached with specific focus and effort - I have never seen my kids approach their stroke drills in this way EVER … it's really exciting. Thank-you for sharing your knowledge and passion with us, and we look forward to having you back on the South Coast. I have attached the media you generated this week for your interest. Kind Regards, Cheree Dufner Margate Swimming Club

 

Date of Posting: 30 January 2013
Posted By: Cheree Dufner
www.margateswimmingclub.co.za




Penny thanks for an amazing clinic. I truly learnt a lot. My dream is to swim in the Olympics and you have truly inspired me! Julia – swimmer

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Julia (swimmer)




Zelda and Penny I would like to thank you so much for a brilliant weekend. After coaching for 20 odd years one becomes immune to the sport and loses focus at times. I have learnt this weekend (or remembered) what motivation is all about. Besides all the great info there is one thing I have come to the conclusion about (your motivational talk) is that what I am doing is the talent that God has given me. This weekend has inspired me to be even better at coaching. Thank you once again Lynette (Marcus’ coach)

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Lynette (Marcus’ coach)




Penny Thank you so much for your time and dedication to fix my stroke! Time to focus on that pull. Alex Priscu – Swimmer

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Alex Priscu




Penny/Zelda Thanks for a wonderful weekend. I had so much fun at your Swim Clinic. My stroke looks much better…. Hope you can come again! Jenna Bohling – swimmer

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Jenna Bohling




Loved the swim clinic …. Breaststroke feels faster already!! Thank you. Christo Bester – swimmer

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Christo Bester




Penny/Zelda Thank you so much for the fantastic clinic! I have learnt so much that I will keep with me forever. You are such an inspiration. Ashleigh Simonis – swimmer

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Ashleigh Simonis




Thanks a mil for the very inspirational weekend clinic …. You got the swimmers and adults thinking! Mario Fourie – Parent

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Mario Fourie




What a great clinic! I learnt so much not just for my stroke but Mental Power too. Lisa Cathleen Fourie – Swimmer

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Lisa Cathleen Fourie




Zelda A number of my swimmers attended the breaststroke clinic with Penny at Crawford Fourways. The kids loved the clinic and we would like to have Penny run a Stroke Mechanics clinic sometime in the near future. Nikki Candy – coach

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Nikki Candy




Penny and Zelda I wanted to say how very grateful I am that you decided to come do the clinic with our swimmers. It has been a very inspiring and informative weekend. I know the swimmers were so encouraged by your journey and I personally have been touched by your words. You have been a blessing way beyond the sport of swimming. Lucy – Coach -Tygerberg Aquatics

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Lucy Tygerberg Aquatics




Penny & Zelda Our swimmers have been inspired by you and will remember the time spent with you for many years to come. From a coaching perspective, it was wonderful “working with you” and we hope to cross paths again in the very near future. Lucy and I really appreciate that you have a very hectic schedule and that you took the time to come and share with us. We love to learn from other females in such a male-dominated sport. It really does give us hope as female coaches in South Africa. I must admit that I went away from the clinic with so much more than just a new perspective on swimming. You have really made me think! Hope to see you again soon. Bianca Marais - TYGERBERG AQUATICS

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Bianca Marais




Penny & Zelda My kids are still talking about your clinic, they all enjoyed so much. We loved having you and the experience you brought to all during your clinic. Look forward to doing another next year. Martina van Vlaanderen, Maintenance Officer - American International School of Lusaka

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Martina van Vlaanderen




Penny and Zelda I have had quite a bit of feedback from the clinic and it's all positive and we would love to have you back at a similar time next year. As soon as the school calendar is out I will work out dates for you. It has really motivated everyone. The parents were also so pleased with the way you treated them....they felt welcome at the pool and you passed on lots of information. Look forward to having you back again. Samantha Smit – Lusaka Zambia

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Samantha Smit




Penny/Zelda Dit was goed om julle te ontmoet en ons het ‘n fantastiese naweek gehad. Die terugvoer wat ek van die swemmers en coaches gehad het is “overwhelming positive”! Die een oukie het veral die storie van die “black line en purpose” baie ernstig opgeneem! Riaan Campbell – Cape Town Clinic

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Riaan Campbell




Penny/Zelda, Baie dankie vir julle twee, ek is baie opgewonde! Ek glo mense het dit geniet en baat gevind met julle besoek. Sover het ek nog net goeie terugvoer gekry oor die kliniek. Baie dankie! Johann van der Westhuizen – Cape Town Clinic

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Johann van der Westhuizen




The weekend we spent with Penny was inspiring, educational and motivating. Our swimmers have not stopped talking about it and we have more swimmers wanting to attend camps now because of her time with us. Coaches and swimmers alike have adopted her approach and techniques into our sessions both in the pool and on dryland. For me one of the most amazing things is Penny’s ability to reach children to adults with her talks and coaching. My youngest swimmers of 9 years to the adults were riveted and focused to her every word. Our swimmers went on to win the Prestige gala the following week. The motivation and the techniques on starts and strokes were evident! Thank you Penny and Zelda; we hope to have with us again soon! Debbie McLeod McLeod Swimming HP, Action Swim Academy

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Debbie McLeod




I felt so honoured and privileged to have Penny Heyns one of the greatest Olympians South Africa has ever had, to be standing next to me on the pool deck helping me with my stroke. In the gala I swam a week later I hit all my times that I hadn’t done for a year. Penny inspired me to believe I can make it, and that giving up shouldn’t be an option until you reach your goal. Connor McLeod

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Connor McLeod




Zelda en Penny Ek wou net baie dankie aan julle altwee oordra vir die voorreg wat dit was om julle hier in Grahamstad te leerken! My swemmers is "fired-up" en" ready to go" vir die seisoen. Ons het die naweek in PE geswem om net die seisoen te begin met n "benchmark" so tye was swak maar gemoed hoog met almal wat n beter idea het wat hulle moet insit en wat hulle wil bereik! Ek het pas Penny se boek klaar gelees en is even more inspired,you are both truly "nice" people and it was wonderful getting to know you! Ek hoop regtig ons gaan weer die vooreg kry om julle weer hier in die Oos Kaap te "host"! Sheena Price – Grahamstown Swim Coach

 

Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Sheena Price




This comes with heartfelt thanks from the 15 members, 2 coaches and parents of Simba Seals swimming club, who attended your Lusaka clinic from the Copperbelt capital, Ndola. It was a memorable experience with invaluable swimming and life lessons for swimmers, coaches and parents, and the inspirational talks will remain with us all for a long time. Thank you very much! You have motivated us all in so many ways - Fiona, SimbaSeals, Lusaka

 

Date of Posting: 31 October 2012
Posted By: Fiona SimbaSeals




This comes with heartfelt thanks from the 15 members, 2 coaches and parents of Simba Seals swimming club, who attended your Lusaka clinic from the Copperbelt capital, Ndola. It was a memorable experience with invaluable swimming and life lessons for swimmers, coaches and parents, and the inspirational talks will remain with us all for a long time. Thank you very much! You have motivated us all in so many ways. Simba Seals Swimming Club, Copperbelt, Zambia

 

Date of Posting: 23 October 2012
Posted By: Simba Seals Swimming Club




Penny was invited to speak to our Corporate Sales team, one week before the London Olympics. It was the perfect timing for a double gold medallist to address our team, as they were at the starting tracks of an incentive competition. We received rave reviews about Penny's talk. She was absolutely captivating with her sincere reflections of her successes and her journey. She connected with the team through her humility and her effortless style of sharing profound messages through relating stories through her eyes. Penny, is not only a hero to our most recent Gold-medallists; Cameron & Chad but she has provided our sales team with the jewels of wisdom and motivation. Our sincere thanks to Penny and Zelda." Sharon Rao-Farista Marketing Manager| Large Corporates & Resellers| Business Marketing| MTN SA (Pty) Limited|

 

Date of Posting: 11 October 2012
Posted By: Sharon Rao-Farista




Thank you again for a wonderful, informative and inspiring course. I have a wealth of information that I will be able to pass onto and use to teach my swimming kids. Lerryn Mew - Bubbles Swim School Port Elizabeth

 

Date of Posting: 11 October 2012
Posted By: Lerryn Mew




Thank you so much for running your clinic at St George’s this weekend. I have such good feedback and look forward to it becoming an annual event at our school. Jonathan Liss – Headmaster St. Georges Prep Port Elizabeth.

 

Date of Posting: 11 October 2012
Posted By: Jonathan Liss




I was fortunate to hear you speak at the Bidvest conference this week. Your talk was so gracious and honest, I felt quite inspired afterwards. I have taken many things out of it to apply to my personal life and my work life, and to pass on to my family and staff. Keep up the great work, and I wish you every success for the future. Ava L Roberts - Regional Operations Executive Bidvestfoodservice

 

Date of Posting: 11 October 2012
Posted By: Ava L Roberts




I found your talk very enjoyable and entertaining. To have the opportunity to hear someone’s experiences and journey to the top is a real privilege. From a personal note, hearing your thoughts especially ‘where ever you are, put in 100%’ and ‘do your own race’ , amongst others, are great messages to pass on. We will definitely look at using you when the opportunity arises. Dave Clark - Managing Director Océ South Africa – a member of the BIDVest Group

 

Date of Posting: 11 October 2012
Posted By: Dave Clark




Thank you for your immensely inspiring presentation of your journey to success. Your presentation was inspirational on a deeply personal note which resonated with each and every delegate. Your grace, poise and passion were refreshing and appreciated. Jane Russill - Bidvest Foodservice

 

Date of Posting: 11 October 2012
Posted By: Jane Russill




Thank you for the amazing talk at our conference. Interesting and inspiring! Be blessed and thank you for your impact on my life! Yolind Strydom - The Bidvest Group Ltd

 

Date of Posting: 11 October 2012
Posted By: Yolind Strydom




It was an incredible talk that you gave us on Monday and everyone couldn’t stop talking about it. The conference was a big success and your contribution made it really special on Sunday and Monday. You really impressed Brian! Laura Pfeiffer - Bidvest South Africa

 

Date of Posting: 11 October 2012
Posted By: Laura Pfeiffer




‘We’ve had many speakers over the years and you rank among the top’. Brian Joffe - CEO Bidvest Corporate

 

Date of Posting: 11 October 2012
Posted By: Brian Joffe




‘Thank you Penny… Everyone was super impressed with your talk’ Lindsay Ralphs. - CEO Bidvest SA

 

Date of Posting: 11 October 2012
Posted By: Lindsay Ralphs




I really wanted to express my gratitude to you for taking the time to come to the swimming camp in July. I’ve often found myself referring back to some of the things you spoke about with my kids and I know quite a lot of it sunk in. As for myself I only wish I’d been exposed to some of the stuff you spoke about when I was swimming. I’ve started competing in Masters and have tried to adopt some of the things that you spoke about in my breastroke and can really feel the difference. Cliff Lyne - swim coach, former SA record holder & Olympic swimmer

 

Date of Posting: 11 October 2012
Posted By: Cliff Lyne




Penny was invited to speak to our Corporate Sales team, one week before the London Olympics. It was the perfect timing for a double gold medallist to address our team, as they were at the starting tracks of an incentive competition. We received rave reviews about Penny's talk. She was absolutely captivating with her sincere reflections of her successes and her journey. She connected with the team through her humility and her effortless style of sharing profound messages through relating stories through her eyes. Penny, is not only a hero to our most recent Gold-medallists; Cameron & Chad but she has provided our sales team with the jewels of wisdom and motivation. Our sincere thanks to Penny and Zelda.

 

Date of Posting: 03 August 2012
Posted By: Sharon Rao-Farista
Large Corporates Marketing Manager, MTN Business, Gauteng
http://www.mtnbusiness.co.za




“Penny and Zelda…Aquabear Swim Club just wants to thank you for the time and energy you put into your clinics. After your Clinic this past week-end, our swimmers walked away with so much information, new friendships, and a stronger belief in their abilities in the water. We are so fortunate to have had you here to teach and motivate!” Tracey, Aquabears, PE/Grahamstown

 

Date of Posting: 27 June 2012
Posted By: Tracy Knoesen Aquabears




“It’s amazing how quickly we forget about our sport stars and their achievements, I recon it’s all a function of our “busy” schedules and the hectic sports calendar on Super Sport. I fully understand why the Nebraska Huskers are so proud of “our” Penny Heyns. I’ve sat through a number of these type of speeches and motivational talks over the last couple of years - some great and some, well interesting. I must admit, not only in terms of the message and the content, or the fact that I can relate being the same age and still remember watching the games on TV the other day, or just the relaxing way that you conveyed the message, I’m glad I was there. Thank you for sharing your life experience and the lessons learned. We’ve all had dreams to succeed in the sport we played and very few of us succeeded. Probably because we did not know what it takes or gave up too early! Well, success in life (all aspects I might add) comes with hard work and commitment and sometimes we need to listen to someone else’s story to gain perspective and understanding of what they had to do to achieve success. Well done and thank you! ” RIAAN CRONJE Commercial Director Broco Transport Consultants

 

Date of Posting: 21 February 2012
Posted By: RIAAN CRONJE




Well done yesterday and a special thank you for organizing Penny Heyns. I seldom get moved by motivational talks but yesterday was the exception. She illustrated the idea of giving ones best and personal success in a very practical way. It was great to note that true champions like Penny also do go through tough times when they want to give up. Her illustration of how she managed to set such world records are lessons that I believe we all can apply in everyday life, both personally and professionally. Big thumbs up to her. Regards Clive Masinga Divisional Sales Manager: IMPERIAL Logistics Consumer Products

 

Date of Posting: 21 February 2012
Posted By: Clive Masinga




Dear Zelda A warm thank you to Penny and yourself for the professional way you handled our engagement. Penny has always been an inspiration to me and seeing her last week and hearing of her experiences was truly inspirational. Penny managed to keep our attention, whilst at the same time driving home a key message. Many attendees commented afterwards that they really enjoyed her talk. I will definitely recommend her to everybody around me as I personally received some food for thought. We need more heroes like that and we remain proud of her achievements. NINA-LIZE THEUNISSEN Business Development Manager CONSUMER PRODUCTS DIVISION IMPERIAL Logistics

 

Date of Posting: 21 February 2012
Posted By: NINA-LIZE THEUNISSEN




Dear Penny Words are hard to describe what a privilege it has been to have you a speaker at our conference. PEP’s leaders loved your talk and your ratings were sky high! You are such a sincere and humble person and your talk touched many hearts. Some of the leaders even went to purchase your book the next day which just shows what an impact you had on them. On a personal level I can truly say that you blessed my life that day! I woke up that morning, looked outside at the beautiful surroundings and asked God to teach me something that day… He did. Thank you also to Zelda for the professional manner in which she arranged everything and thank you for the books that we could hand out as part of the lucky draw.   Kind regards   Mariki Schwiebus Kommunikasiebestuurder PEP

 

Date of Posting: 21 February 2012
Posted By: Mariki Schwiebus




Your talk was touched by God and was such an on-point message for those young people, and indeed all of us. I know it was deeply appreciated. The applause said it all.

 

Date of Posting: 15 February 2012
Posted By: Clive Simpkins - Marketing & Communications Strate




I would like to thank you all for the exceptional coaching and motivation my two daughters, Dani and Demi received from Penny and her team, this passed weekend. Thank you, so much for all the effort that went into making such a weekend possible. Both my girls have discovered a new found passion for swimming, as well as, all their other sports because of the lessons they received from Penny, an excellent role model. Thank you kindly, once again for adding such value my daughters lives. They have not stopped talking about their weekend.

 

Date of Posting: 31 January 2012
Posted By: Charmaine Hele




On behalf of the Cedar Seals Aquatic Club, I would like to thank you for the professional and passionate manner in which you ran the Breast Stroke Clinic over the past weekend. The pitch of your content was always at the young child’s level, ensuring that you had their undivided attention every step of the way. The manner in which you alternated between indoor and water activities further enable each swimmer and coach to stay focused and to fully understand the message you wanted to relay to them. Your humbleness and willingness to share your knowledge and experiences were evident.

 

Date of Posting: 31 December 2011
Posted By: Jopie Maasdam Cedar Seals Aquatic Club




Thank you for your contribution in making our conference a wonderful success. Our leaders enjoyed your talk and we found it very much in line with our theme of ‘INSPIRATION’.

 

Date of Posting: 19 August 2009
Posted By: George Steyn – Pep Group CE Pepkor




With Deloitte’s internal rating system, Penny was voted Excellent by a majority of 81 participants. O’MAGE is highly impressed by her and will certainly be using her services again in future.

 

Date of Posting: 30 November 2008
Posted By: OMAGE GROUP




“We’ve invited Penny to speak at a number of Liberty functions thus far. Today she addressed the entire staff of Corporate Benefits and I think she really spoke to the hearts and minds of everyone. Her speech was motivational, crisp and to the point and I believe we’ve got people that have gone away with an empowering message that they can work with to initiate real change and improve themselves.” Ian Marron – Managing Director Liberty Corporate Benefits

 

Date of Posting: 25 September 2005
Posted By: Ian Marron




“I thought her speech was first class and a great inspiration to all who attended the launch. Other than her incredible swimming achievements, she is clearly a very accomplished and charming young woman.” Trevor Munday – Executive Director Sasol Limited

 

Date of Posting: 30 November 2004
Posted By: Trevor Munday




“The delegates and their spouses have as yet not stopped talking about Penny’s talk and the honour of meeting her afterwards. Her mere presence, her honesty, her humility, her strong message and the pleasant and easy way in which she presented it – without referring to any notes at any time! – just swept everybody away. She spoke from the heart, and therefore she touched people’s hearts, which they’ll never forget. Nor will we!” Otto Pretorius – Divisional Director Liberty Life Agency Division.

 

Date of Posting: 30 November 2004
Posted By: Otto Pretorius




“Your talk was very well received by everyone at the conference. It was interesting to hear how you dealt with the many challenges you faced both with regards to swimming and moving away from South Africa in order to achieve your goals. It certainly showed that nothing worthwhile is achieved without sacrifice, focus and perseverance.” Don MacLeod – Managing Director Illovo Limited

 

Date of Posting: 15 May 2002
Posted By: Don MacLeod




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