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Swimming guru dies


Frank Parrington (pictured below), affectionately known as “Mr P” and the doyen of Zimbabwe swimming, has died.
He was 85.
He passed away at home in Harare on Tuesday night after suffering kidney and heart failure following a recent leg amputation.
He is survived by his son David, who is a leading diving coach at the University of Tennessee in the US. David arrived in Harare just five hours before his father passed away. During his time in Zimbabwe, Parrington founded three swimming clubs, including Mabelreign in 1959 with 400 members, Mount Pleasant (1968) and Spartans in 2005.
This year the Liverpool-born “Mr P” celebrated an astonishing 80 active years in swimming and on his 85th birthday on June 5, he remembered his first gala with total clarity. It was the day his father broke an official aquatic world record, for an unlikely event called The Plunge.
“Mr P” has left a rich legacy as Africa’s guru of swimming and he has lived in Zimbabwe and South Africa for more than 50 years. The funeral service is at the Fairways Chapel at 930am on Sunday.

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