All set for Dar swimming competition

12May 2022
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
All set for Dar swimming competition

​​​​​​​THE FK Blue Marlins Swimming Club Invitational gala has been slated for this weekend at the FK International Schools' swimming pool, Bahari Beach in Dar es Salaam.

Some of the FK Blue Marlins Club swimmers pose for a picture during the past event, which took place in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT

Opalina Nanyaro, FK Blue Marlins team manager, said on Tuesday the event is open to all clubs and individual swimmers in the country.

Opalina said the event is in the Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) calendar and each club and school is required to send swimmers up to 30.

She said that swimmers will compete in different events categorized according to their ages.

The age groups for female swimmers are eight and under, nine and 10 years, 11 and 12 years, 13 and 14 years, and above 15 years old.

Male swimmers have been put in age groups of eight years and under, 9 and 10, 11 and 12, 13 and 14, 15 and 16, and above 17 years.

She said there will be also a Masters category whereby adult swimmers, who would rather not swim in the 15 years and above group, will feature in the category.

“We expect to see more than 200 swimmers compete in the tournament that 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 Company, and GardaWorld,” she said.

Opalina revealed adult swimmers can however participate with an age requirement of 25 years and above.

She said medals will be presented to the top three swimmers whereby the gold medal will be handed over to the top swimmer, followed by silver and bronze.

Trophies will be presented to winners in the various age groups except for the Masters' age group.

Medals will be handed over to winners in relay events, however, relay events do not score any points if all events will constitute heat declared finals.

Each swimmer, Opalina pointed out, can enter a maximum of six individual events and two relays.

According to the team manager, each club or school will enter a maximum of two swimmers per event and there will be only one relay team per club per event (both freestyle and medley).

She said that 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 come up against swimmers from other clubs in the country.

Opalina said clubs are now in intensive preparations ahead of the event that has targets to promote the game in the country.