Many strokes expected at Long Course Gala

07 October 2019 | Sports

The first Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala takes place on Friday and Saturday (11 & 12 October) at the Western Suburbs swimming pool in Katutura, with more than 120 participants that have entered, translating into 1002 splashes that are scheduled for the two-day event.
“This is always an adjustment for our swimmers as they go from training in indoor pools of approximately 25 metres to swimming galas in an outdoor 50 metre pool,” says Nicky McNamara, spokesperson for the Namibian Swimming Union (NASU). “Our coaches ensure that the swimmers are prepared as far as possible, but there is definitely still a sharp intake of breath with their first dive into the colder outside waters!
“We had some amazing results from our swimmers over the short course season and expect the same from the long course season,” she added.
For this weekend’s event, seven clubs are taking part, including a swimmer from the Stones Water Polo Club, with participants ranging from eight to 60 years of age.
Clubs participating are Aqua Swimming and Fitness Club, Dolphins Swimming Club, Marlins (MAC) Swimming Club, Phoenix Swimming Academy, Stones Water Polo Club, Swakopmund Swimming Club and Oranjemund Swimming Club.
“We are thankful to Bank Windhoek who join us as sponsors for another season. Their contribution and assistance is truly valued,” McNamara said.
“Bank Windhoek is proud to be associated with NASU and the Long Course Gala,” said Bank Windhoek’s Public Relation Manager André le Roux. “Over the years we have seen talent being developed to compete on international level. It fills us with pride that swimmers have competed, set records and won internationally, something all Namibians can be proud of.”

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