TSA launches swimming training program for local schools      

11Oct 2019
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
TSA launches swimming training program for local schools      

TANZANIA Swimming Association (TSA) has launched a special program for promoting the game in primary and secondary schools in the country.

Young swimmers take part in training in Dar es Salaam recently.

The program, which was launched in Dar es Salaam yesterday, aims at spreading the game in the country and scouting many talented swimmers.

The program is under the prominent coaches and TSA’s technical department.

The pilot stage brought together 100 athletes from six local schools in Dar es Salaam who learnt various swimming tactics and techniques.

Amina Mfaume, TSA Technical Director, named the schools as Diamond, Olympio and Upanga primary schools while secondary schools are Azania, Jangwani, and Zanaki.

She said that the program is part of the TSA’s activities for marking the World Swimming Federation (FINA) aquatic day which will reach its climax at the Shaaban Robert Secondary School on Saturday.

"This is one way of promoting the game and spreading it to the communities. There is a notion that swimming is a special game for international schools only. It is a wrong perception,” she said.

Mfaume said the new swimmers will learn various swimming strokes, water safety and swimming for survival. 

She pointed out the beginners will, in the closing ceremony, have to display what they have learnt during the training.

She said that they have prepared various activities during the closing ceremony aiming at making the day colourful.

Some of the activities are water polo competition between competitive swimmers and coaches, clubs against clubs and officials.

The closing ceremony will take place at the Shaaban Robert Secondary School from 8am to 3pm.“All TSA officials, as well as swimming stakeholders, are expected to attend the closing ceremony. We expect more than 400 people to attend,” she said.