Junior swimmers to compete in relays in IST-Taliss championships     

08Feb 2019
Renatha Msungu
DODOMA
The Guardian
Junior swimmers to compete in relays in IST-Taliss championships     

RELAYS for U-12 swimmers will colour the Taliss-IST swimming championships scheduled to start tomorrow at the International School of Tanganyika (IST) swimming pool in Dar es Salaam.

Dar es Salaam junior swimmer, Niahm Powell, competes in a past event in the city. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT

The U-8 category swimmers will compete in two relays, 4 x50m Individual Medley (IM) Relay and 4x50m Freestyle Relay.

The events are expecting to be exciting as they will feature up-and-coming swimmers, who will compete in four different swimming styles.

The swimmers have to start with butterfly style before applying backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle into one race.

Speaking yesterday, Taliss-IST Club manager, Hadija Shebe, said apart from U-12 swimmers, other swimmers would also compete in the same relay including Freestyle Relay.

“We have decided to include Medley and Freestyle Relay with the aim of gauging swimmers talent. As a swimmer, you need to learn and compete in four swimming styles so medley is the combination of it and it makes the event exciting,” she disclosed.

Other swimmers that will compete in Medley Relay's age categories are the ones that are aged 13-14 and above 15 years old.

The swimmers will also compete in 4 x50m freestyle relay in the championships, which have been sponsored by DStv, Jubilee Insurance, Azam, Pepsi, K&K Company, SDS, RK Technotronics, Kaka's Restaurant, Subway Osterbay and parents of Taliss- IST students.

Hadija also said swimmers will battle it out in 107 disciplines in the championships. She noted a total of 71 events will be held on Saturday and 36 events would take place on Sunday.

“We are now in the final preparations ahead of the event. We thank all sponsors, parents, swimmers and clubs for showing good cooperation ahead of the event," she noted.

"We also thank Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) for the biggest support.”

Meanwhile, Mwanza Swimming Club (MSC) has confirmed to feature in the Taliss-IST swimming championships.

Hadija said MSC joins other clubs namely International School of Moshi (ISM), Zanzibar’s Wahoo and FK of Dar es Salaam in the championships.

Other clubs, which will compete in the championships, are ISM-Arusha, Dar es Salaam Swimming Club (DSC), Bluefins (Dar es Salaam), Morogoro International School (Morogoro), Champions Rise (Dar es Salaam) and hosts Taliss-IST.

The swimmers will compete in various events categorised according age. Male and female swimmers will compete in U-8, U-9, U-10, U-12, U-15 and above 15 years old.