Long course gala off to flying start

Records smashed

16 October 2019 | Sports

The Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala kicked off last weekend with 120 swimmers competing.
“Despite cold water, the swimmers performed well for the first gala of the season,” says Nicky McNamara, spokesperson for the Namibian Swimming Union.
“For most it was their first time in a 50 m pool in over six months, and this takes some adjusting to. That being said, ten new records were set and in two cases the records were broken and then broken again. This is a brilliant achievement for our first Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala.”
The record breakers were Rose Matyayi in two events, Sunél Badenhorst, Lena Brinkmann in two events, Ryan Steyn, André Badenhorst, Jan-Louis Mostert and Peter Brinkmann.
McNamara said that they welcomed a number of new swimmers and a special welcome to Stones Water Polo Club who entered their first gala swimming member. “We had 977 splashes and out of that, 426 personal best times were achieved,” she said.
Overall, the organisers says the gala was a huge success and they look forward to the next Long Course Gala which takes place on 15 and 16 November 2019.
However, next on the program is the 50th Pupkewitz Schools Gala which takes place on 25 and 26 October.

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