Johannesburg - Bert Le Clos, the emotional father of SA
olympic swimming medalist Chad, has embraced his new-found fame in later life,
the Sunday Times reported.
"This happened 30 years too late and
40 kilos too late. People stop me to have a picture taken," Le Clos told
He returned this week from the UK after he
attended the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony.
He was nominated for an award as an
overseas sports personality for the emotionally exhuberant TV interview he gave
during this year's olympics.
During the interview, Bert repeatedly
shouted out "unbelievable" as he watched Chad win the 200m butterfly
The BBC award eventually went to Jamaican
sprinter Usain Bolt.
However, Bert says his family's life has
changed completely since Chad's win.
"I still cannot believe what
Besides travelling to numerous overseas
events with Chad, Bert has appeared in his own SuperSport advertisement.
In the ad, he is dressed in a tuxedo and
croons along to Nat King Cole's 'Unforgettable' - but instead changes the word
"I am the Nat King Le Clos," Bert
told the newspaper.
"I know I am not a good singer. It's
no Michael Buble, but a fat oke from Pinetown".