First swimming gala this weekend

| September 17, 2015

Botswana Swimming Sports Association (BSSA) will host a swimming club league gala at the University of Botswana’s Olympic size swimming pools on Saturday September 19.

The competition will attract about one hundred swimmers, with most of them coming from the development level. It will have seven categories covering swimmers aged between six and 16 years, as well as the open category for swimmers aged 17 years and above.

The competition will be used as qualification for the Confederation Africaine de-National Amateur (CANA) Championships in April 2016, and the South African level one, two and three competitions next year in March.

Seven swimming clubs, BDF Dolphins, Kubu from Francistown, Phikwe Piranhas, Swim Rite from Palapye, University of Botswana, Aquatic Club, and Darrell Morton School of Swimming, are expected to compete at the event.

In an interview, BSSA Secretary General Bongie Ruele said the league gala is the first league event in the association’s season calendar. “Every year we have about five events, this year we hosted two events in February and March and went into recess for winter season in April,” Ruele said.

She said the next event will be held in Francistown, while others will be held in Gaborone, Selebi Phikwe and Palapye. “Swimmers will be accumulating points for their clubs and the club with most points will be declared winners of the first BSSA meet,” she said.

Ruele further explained that times will be used to qualify for the CANA competitions: “This competition will afford swimmers an opportunity to qualify for the CANA annual competitions that will be held in Mauritius and other international meets until next year April.”

Further she said the event will give kids who have not been in water for a long time a chance to train while competing. She explained that some kids use unheated pools which force them to break in winter which she described as a draw back on improvement.

Ruele added that this event serves as a development and provides a chance for them to scout talent. She said some elite swimmers like Bonnita Imsirovic will graze the competition.

“We expect all the strokes to be used, all the four strokes which are back stroke, butterfly, breast and individual medley,” Ruele said, pleading with the public to show up and support the future swimming in Botswana.

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