Uganda junior swimmers Off for Africa competition

Uganda junior swimmers Off for Africa competition

By Emmanuel Sekago

Six swimmers are off to represent Uganda at the 15th edition of the Africa Aquatics junior championship that will start on Wednesday, December 6th to 10th 2023 in Cote d’Or, mauritius.

The championship has been confirmed as a qualifier for Paris 2024 Olympic Games. the selected swimmers and their respectives races include; Women, Karimah Katemba (15) will compete in the 14-18 years in 100 free, 400m free, 5om free, 200m free 100x4m free relay and 100x4m medley, Tara Kisawuzi (15) will compete in 14-18 years, in 100m Back, 100m free, 800m free, 50m fly, 50m free, 100m fly, 100x4m free relay and 100x4m medley and Swagiah Mubiru (18) will compete in 18-above, in Open waters.

Kirabo Namutebi at the 2019 africa with Gold

Men, Tendo Kauma (18) will compete in 14-18 years, in 100m Back, 50m fly, 100m fly, 50m Back, 50m free, 100m free, 100×4 free relay and 100×4 medley, Heer Usadadiya (14) will compete in 14-18 years, in 400m free, 100m Back, 200m free, 800m free, 400IM, 200m Back, 100x4m free relay, 100x4m medley and Men’s 5K swimming Open Waters and Daniel Rukundo (15) will compete in Open waters in age category of 14-15.

The team is under the guidance of head coach Ezira Karali also the Ugandan contingent include officials, Florence Nakakawa (Treasurer) and Mwase Moses (President) leading the way.

Coach Ezira Karali, expressed confidence in the teams preparations, highlighting their training, he maintained the swimmers recent success at the just concluded Africa Aquatics zone three championship held in Kigali, Rwanda where Uganda won the Zone three trophy both in Juniors and Masters.

Karali, underscored the significance of the event stating that it will provide Uganda swimmers with invaluable experience, exposing them to high level competition and evaluate their performances.

Kirabo with her bounty, South Africa Level 3 April 2018

It should be noted that in 2019 was a year  to remember when Uganda swimmer Kirabo Namutebi by then 14years,  made  and broke record after record and there was no guarantee that she is about to end soon, always showing more hunger for success at every event attended.

Namutebi Participated in the Africa Aquatics Junior swimming championship 2019 in Tunisia winning 2 Gold medals and a silver. The first time for the Uganda National Anthem to be played at the continental events.

The former  Dolphins Swim Club athlete clocked 35:13 to come out top fending off competition from two Egyptians in Abbas Malak and Ayman Nadeen who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively same year, Namutebi set a personal best in five categories at the FINA World Swimming Championship in Hungary including setting a new national record in the 50m freestyle race, with a race time of 26.98, she smashed the old record that had been set by Jamila Lunkuse in 2014. Lunkuse’s record stood at 27.43.

In January 2019, Namutebi became the first Ugandan swimmer in recent times to win two gold medals at the CANA Zone IV Championship in Windhoek, Namibia. This included setting up a new record in the 50m freestyle race where she clocked 27.74, also USPA swimmer of the year 2013 (Youngest recipient of the award at 8 years), 2016 (aged 11), 2018 and 2019.

Meanwhile, a look at her Major Meets;
FINA World Championship (25m) 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE, FINA World CUP 2021, Kazan Russia, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Tokyo Japan, FINA World Junior championship 2019 I Budapest, Hungary, Africa Junior Chmapionships 2019 In Tunisia, Montgomery County Swim League 2019, Kenya Junior Swimming Championships 2011-2016, Agakhan Junior Swimming Championships, Uganda 2010-2015, Kenya Senior Long Course Swimming Championships 2015 to date, CANA Zone 4 Swimming Championships Angola (2016), Zimbabwe(2017), Malawi(2018), Namibia(2019) Botswana(2020), CANA Zone 3 Swimming Championships Uganda, Rwanda and Sudan and South Africa Level 3 Regional championship in Capetown, South Africa.

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