Chad a 'true gentleman' at matric dance

2012-10-01 08:27
Cape Town – Melanie Olhaus felt "like a celebrity" and described Olympic swimming champion Chad le Clos as a "true gentleman" after attending her matric dance with him, reports Beeld.

Olhaus, 17, asked Le Clos to be her matric dance date by holding up a large poster at OR Tambo International Airport in August as the country's Olympic athletes returned.

"It was even more wonderful than I expected. I felt like a celebrity," Olhaus told Beeld on Sunday morning.

There were oohs and aahs as Le Clos and Olhaus stopped in a light blue Lexus in front of the Birchwood hotel in Boksburg on Saturday evening.

Le Clos wore a Pierre Cardin suit specially made for the occasion and Olhaus sparkled in a dark blue and gold Gert-Johan Coetzee dress.

The pair had to pose for photographers outside the hotel for quite a while and according to Olhaus, it was just as crazy inside the hall as everyone wanted their photo taken with Le Clos.

Olhaus said Le Clos was "a true gentleman" and that they got along very well. "And he's a very good dancer," she added.

They attended two parties after the matric dance and Le Clos dropped Olhaus off at around 02:00 as he had to fly to Dubai for a swimming commitment.

Watch Beeld's video of Melanie and Chad at her matric dance:


  • hendrikvs - 2012-10-01 08:46

    So Cool!!! Girl with courage!!

      dracolusus - 2012-10-01 14:59

      Guy is really brave as well and a real supporter of charity :)

  • tony.ezendam - 2012-10-01 08:49

    A gentleman and a scholar. Well done Chad for honouring your promise.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-02 13:46

      He's a Durbanite, that's how we roll..

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-10-01 09:37

    Who knows? Maybe she's bagged herself a swimmer!

      gerald.majola.7 - 2012-10-01 11:29

      I am sure he at least got a bit of breast stroke

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-01 11:56

      I don't know him but he seems like a first class guy.

      jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-10-01 22:44

      Gerald, you are clearly a sexist.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2012-10-02 08:44

      Jacqui - Clearly you can't take the worlds most obvious joke that was ALWAYS going to come out of this article, if not from Gerald, then from someone else. Poor taste doesn't instantly mean sexist.

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-10-01 10:11

    Good man!

  • garth.bryant.3 - 2012-10-01 10:11

    A true man, well done, your word is your bond and you obviously have been brought up to respect and honor woman, you will find a soulsmate for what you give, you do recieve.

      shannon.mcmurtrie.3 - 2012-10-01 11:34

      Beautiful words, Garth!

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-10-01 10:26

    A man of his word.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-10-01 11:04

    nyaw very happy for her! ^_^

  • Berrybrookmeadow - 2012-10-01 11:48

    A great product of Westville, you have done us proud. Well brought up and well educated at a great school

  • Malen.Iriso - 2012-10-01 12:00

    Lucky girl!

  • Berrybrookmeadow - 2012-10-01 12:01

    A proud product of Westville. Well brought up and well educated.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-01 13:04

    Some pleasant news for a change! Nice to see there are some true gentleman left. Well done Chad!

  • Siyabonga Mkhwanazi - 2012-10-01 13:16

    Well done Chad.

  • abram.spamers - 2012-10-01 14:15

    Something just came to mind... what if she had a date before he accepted ^^ poor guy... that is some steep competition

  • tladi.moagi - 2012-10-01 14:25


  • acm.munro - 2012-10-01 17:02

    Wonderful to read good news for a change!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-01 17:57

    Prince charming indeed. So good to read a heartwarming story. Lovely girl who deserved her night to remember.

  • Isobel Smith - 2012-10-01 20:02

    Gerard and Lungu why dirty something that was so nice one track little minds Well done Chad

  • odette.greyling - 2012-10-01 23:57

    It is so sweet that he had a suit made just for this dance. What a lovely gesture on top of everything else. He sounds like a real gentleman.

  • duncan.roderick - 2012-10-02 07:44

    Good on you Chad

  • rtaylor1111 - 2012-10-04 11:34

    I have met him, he is a great guy. Such an awesome athlete. Many south african swimmers like myself are so inspired by him and cameron. Well done Melanie ;)

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