Pierre de Roubaix

Sports Manager & Head Coach Stellenbosch: Swimming

Pierre de Roubaix completed his education at the University of Stellenbosch with an honours degree in financial accounting and HDE. He holds a Swimming South Africa LEV 4 gold coaching accreditation and is currently head-coach of the Maties Swimming team.

Pierre swam for the SA Schools, SA Student team and National Senior team towards the end of the apartheid era and held national senior titles in 400m freestyle and 25km open water swimming.

As head coach of the Matie team Pierre has consistently produced swimmers at the highest level of senior Swimming. Among others he has coached two Olympians, 2 Paralympic medallists including a Paralympic champion, a Junior World champion, a Commonwealth silver medallist, 7 World University games team members and multiple swimmers to World Long and Short course championships.

Brett Wood


Brett enjoyed many sports in his youth, particularly soccer, but moved almost exclusively into swimming from about the age of 15. He was coached in his early teens by Santa Van Jaarsveld in the Strand and attended the first of 7 National Championship Meets in 1997 at the age of 15 – competing in 400 free, 1500 free, 200Fly and 400IM.

In 2001 Brett commenced his studies at Stellenbosch University in Sports Science. This was also the year that he began to train with Pierre de Roubaix, and began the journey from athlete to coach. During his time as a Student swimmer he moved progressively away from distance events, ultimately specializing in 100 and 200 freestyle and 100 Fly by the time he ‘retired’ from swimming at the end of 2004.

Highlights for me as a swimmer included leading off the Men’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay at the 2002 SA Nationals on the way to the Gold Medal, swimming on the Matie Senior Men’s Relay Team in 2003 that won all 5 Relays at WP Championships in Senior Provincial Record times, and again being part of the Matie Senior 4×50,4×100 Freestyle relay teams that won the National Short Course titles in 2004 (these Club Records still stand J).

Brett graduated with an Honours Degree in Sports Science in the April of 2006 in High Performance Training, and had the privilege of working with Pierre since that time. During his time at the club he has been afforded the opportunity to work with several of the clubs most decorated swimmers.

In addition to his coaching work he also Chair both the Aquatics Committee for University Sport South Africa and the WP Coaches Forum. The former has also afforded him the opportunity to attend three Summer Universiades (Belgrade ’09, Shenzhen ’11 and Kazan ’13) as a coach and manager.

Karin Hugo


Karin swam her entire school career in Gauteng and received provincial colors multiple times. After school she started her studies at Stellenbosch University in Sport Science and obtained a PhD in 2004. After working with Maties swimming as a consultant for numerous years, she joined the Maties team on a full time basis in March 2012.

Karin has worked with many elite teams and individuals in numerous sporting codes over the past couple of years. She was the Sport Scientist for the National Women’s Hockey team between 2005- 2010, which included the Olympics in 2008 and the World Champs in 2007.

Karin is a certified South African Swimming Coach. She was selected as a National coach to the Paralympic Games in 2004 and 2012, as well as the IPC World Champs in 2011 and 2013. In addition to coaching, Karin also looks after the strength and conditioning and sport science components at the club.