2022's FK Blue Marlins Swimming Championships attract 15 outfits

13May 2022
The Guardian
2022's FK Blue Marlins Swimming Championships attract 15 outfits

​​​​​​​FIFTEEN clubs will take part in the maiden FK Blue Marlins Swimming Club invitational gala scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday at the FK International Schools’ swimming pool, Bahari Beach in Dar es Salaam.

Mischa Ngoshani of FK Blue Marlins Swimming Club battles it out in the past event, which took place in Dar es Salaam.

The swimmers are representing clubs namely Dar es Salaam Swimming Club, Mwanza Swimming Club, Bluefins Club, Taliss-IST, Lake Swim Club, Champion Rise Club, and Arusha Swim Club.

Wahoo Zanzibar, MIS Piranhas, Braeburn Sharks, Pigec Swimming Club, Train 2 Gain Club, Milestone Swim Club, St Constantine International, and hosts, FK Blue Marlins, are other clubs.

Opalina Nanyaro, FK Blue Marlins team manager, said preparations for the event have reached culmination and swimmers will compete in 125 disciplines in the event.

The gala has been sponsored by Shoppers Kahawa Cafe, Cool Blue, EFM, Doctors Plaza Polyclinic, PRO Fixers Tanzania, FK International Schools, Viscar Integrated Consulting (TZ) Limited, Coca Cola and GardaWorld.

“The event aim to scout new talented swimmers are well as gauge the skills of others ahead of international competitions,'' Opalina disclosed.

She said the showdown will use world swimming governing body (FINA) rules and swimmers will contest according to their age groups.

Opalina said there will be a Masters category for adult swimmers aged 25 and above.

She said medals will be handed over to the top three swimmers, whereby a gold medal will be awarded to the winner, a silver medal to the runner-up, and a bronze to the third-placed swimmer.

The official added that trophies will be presented to winners of various age groups, except for Masters’ age group.

Medals will moreover be handed over to winning teams in relay events, but with no points to be given as all categories will be on heat-declared finals.

According to Opalina, each swimmer can enter a maximum of six individual events and two relays and each club or school will field a maximum of two swimmers per event and there will be only one relay team per event (Freestyle and Medley).

She said the swimmers will battle it out for medals in five styles, namely Backstroke, Butterfly, Freestyle, Breaststroke, and Individual Medley.

The swimmers will also compete in the relay. The event will see the country’s top-ranked swimmers facing challengers from other clubs in the country.

Opalina said the clubs are now in intensive training ahead of the event to be staged to promote the game in the country.