Olympic 200m butterfly champion Chad Le Clos takes up his post-glory season in Durban next weekend before setting off on world cup tour to see how he can fare a year after taking the overall $100,000 Arena/FINA prize.
Le Clos will star at his home club meet for the Seagulls in their annual fundraising event run by the champion's coach Graham Hill.
“People don’t realise how much it costs to run a swimming club,” Hill told South African media. “We have a record entry of around 800 swimmers."
The gala witnessed a world record from Penny Heyns back in 1999, the 1996 double Olympic breaststroke champion riding the crest of a wave that summer.
Le Clos will head to Dubai for the his first world cup action on October 2 and 3. Hill, who in London had suggested that his charge would not be taking on the series with the same vigour as he had last year, said: "I don’t think he will do as well as that this time, but I expect him to go for the win. We wouldn’t be going if we didn’t think he could win."