Swimmers ready to hit the water

Extraordinary achievements lauded

12 November 2019 | Sports

The final instalment of the Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala for 2019 takes place t at the Western Suburbs Municipal Pool in Windhoek this weekend. The event sees contestants from Aqua Swimming Club, Dolphins Swimming Club, Marlins and Phoenix, compete in 850 events.
Swakopmund and Oranjemund will simultaneously host their Bank Windhoek Long Course Galas in their respective towns. Results from all three events will be combined to determine the final outcomes.
With more than 125 swimmers preparing for the event, Bank Windhoek looks back on a year where Namibian swimming was taken to new heights not only locally, but internationally too.

Records broken abroad
In September, six Namibian swimmers competed at the 13th Confédération Africaine de Natation’s (CANA) Junior African Championships in Tunisia. Swimmers competed in age groups of 13 to 14 and 15 to 16 years old. The team comprised four female and two male swimmers, namely Mikah Burger, Hannah Murphy, Trisha Mutumbulua, Jose Canjulo, Mackenzie Spath and Maya Stange. Canjulo broke eight Namibian records and was on the podium eight times as well. He attained the following results:
Gold medal and Namibian record in the 50m backstroke (28.67sec) and 400m freestyle (4:14.45); silver medal and Namibian record in the 100m backstroke (1:01.47) and 200m individual medley (2:13.82); and bronze and Namibian record for the 50m freestyle (25.56sec), 100m freestyle (55.62sec), 200m freestyle (2:02.03) and 100m butterfly (59.73sec).
In August Ronan Wantenaar, Heleni Stergiadis, Tiana Esslinger and Corne le Roux, represented Namibia at the 7th Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary.
At this prestigious event, Ronan Wantenaar managed to break five Namibian records: 50m backstroke (26.99sec), 50m breaststroke (29.35sec), 200m individual medley (2:07.47), 100m backstroke (57.75sec) and 100m breaststroke (1:03.75).
“We also had a Masters Swimmer, 60-year old Cheryl Young who made it to the podium five times with two silvers and three bronze medals in the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships, held in Gwangju, South Korea in July,” said NASU’s Executive Committee Member, Nicky McNamara. “Young has also just returned from the Xterra World Champs in Hawaii where she was placed second in her age group.”
During the year, NASU held water safety talks and developed television animations that was aired on television locally. “The level of swimming is now world class. We are proud of our swimmers and grateful to all the clubs, committee members and parents that give of their time to make our events happen. Thanks to our sponsor, Bank Windhoek, who is instrumental in what we have been able to achieve,” McNamara said.
“Bank Windhoek congratulates all the swimmers who put in great performances during international tournaments,” said Bank Windhoek’s Jacquiline Pack. “The results indicate that in terms of development, the sport is heading in the right direction. Our association with the sport now stretches over six years and we are proud of the results.”

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