Chad Le Clos Honoured

May 2023

Well-known horticulturist, clivia specialist, and a founding member of the Marina community in Port Alfred, Annie de Wet Steyn, recently named a rare yellow Caulescens Clivia after swimming sensation Chad Le Clos.

This was to celebrate Chad's rare talent and his extraordinary kindness to a young fan, Janco Meyer, whose father Marius passed away from colon cancer.

Janco's mother took the 11 year old to see his hero, Chad Le Clos, in action at the recent SA National Swimming Championships. Chad's father met the mother and son and learned of their loss, which he relayed to his son after his race. In a heartwarming gesture, Chad gave his 100m Butterfly gold medal to Janco in honor of his father and as an inspirational keepsake.

After hearing about this exceptional kindness, Annie decided to name a rare clivia, which was bred by Janco's father Marius before his death, after Chad Le Clos.

“When I heard what he did, I decided there and then to name the plant,” Annie said.

The original story was published in the Weekend Post on Saturday, 22 April 2023. The full article by Tshepiso Mametela is available to HeraldLIVE subscribers at: