Penny Heyns Is a South African Swimmer

August 31, 2009

Check out Penny Heyns, full name Penelope “Penny” Heyns. She is a retired professional South African swimmer. Read about Penny Heyn’s career highlights after the jump with video.

Professional retired South African swimmer Penny Heyns has broken over eight world records during the course of her successful career. Read about Heyns’ swimming accomplishments after the jump.

Penelope “Penny” Heyns Biography

As a biography Penelope “Penny” Heyns is a South African swimmer who was born on November 8, 1974 in Springs. Heyns is a graduate from both a school in the Amanzimtoti, Kwazulu-Natal Province and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Penny’s forte is both the 100 metre and 200 metre breaststroke.

Heyns first made her debut back in 1992 at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Two years later she attended the Commonwealth Games where she won her first bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke event.

In 1996 Penny competed at the Olympic Games breaking several records for her performance in the 100m and 200m breaststroke event. Heyns took home two gold medals and is the only woman in history to win both events. In 1999 she did the same by breaking records in the 50m at the Goodwill Games.

Since then Penny Heyns’ competitions and achievements include Female World Swimmer of the Year in 1996 and 1999 and the 2000 Olympic Games.

After retiring as a professional swimmer in 2001 Penny Heyns has become the commission member of the International Swimming Federation and has published an autobiography.

More photos and a video of Penny Heyns are below.

Penny Heyns Video
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