The Rwandan swimming federation is looking forward to introducing new tournaments and to set new sports development plans for swimmers for the coming year 2019.
To begin with, the swimming federation has already planned an inter-school talent competition to detect talents. This inter-school competition will be for swimmers under 17 years of age and for both genders. The competition is set to begin in February to March and will be held in different parts of Rwanda.
According to the head of the swimming federation in Rwanda Samuel Kinimba, this new plan to be implemented next year comes in the aim to detect talents among all young people and introducing them to the swimming profession from the smallest level.
He adds that the remodeled plans for the coming year are targeted on ensuring that qualified coaches are available to build a ‘solid foundation’ for the young swimmers. “We want to propel swimming to the medal brackets” he stated.
In the view of taking swimming to a new level in Rwanda, the head of the swimming federation reminded a few events that are near in this year and for the coming year.
On the 23rd of December, Rwanda will hold the first special Holiday Youth Championship at the Cercle Sportif de Kigali designed for swimmers under 21 years.
He also reminds that on December 25, the inauguration of open water swimming championship will be staged at Rubavu District.
For February 2019, the 2019 National Women’s Swimming Championship is scheduled as well as other sports events.
Although the swimming events are many, Mr. Kinimba also states on the lack of swimming facilities in Rwanda these sports events will need to be financially supported.
He specified that “Swimming facilities continue to be a big challenge for the development of the sport in Rwanda, that’s where a big portion of our budget go – paying hotels for access to swimming pools. Hopefully one day we will be able to have our own facilities,”
Generally, there are many events to be held next year and this coming holiday season. Despite the lack of swimming facilities in Rwanda, he calls schools and universities to form swimming clubs and partner with institutions with a vision to remodel the swimming sport in Rwanda.
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