Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA)’s Vice-Chairperson, Asmah Hilal, made the call after handing over the national flag to the squad in a ceremony held at Shaaban Robert Secondary School in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
Tanzania will field four swimmers, namely Yuki Omori who is from the Morogoro International School (MIS) swimming team known as Piranhas, Khaleed Ladha (Mwanza Swim Club), Aaron Akwenda (Bluefins) and Mohameduwais Abdullatif of Taliss-IST Swimming Club.
Swimming coach Samwel Mtupo, from Mwanza Swim Club, trains the team.
The TSA official said swimmers must know that they are representing more than 50 million Tanzanians who would like to see those either win medals or attain the highest personal best times (PBs).
She said that TSA has been struggling to develop the game and only the best performances will attract sponsors while inspiring other young people to start learning and taking part in the game.
“We aware that the competition is very tough as it features world-class swimmers in the world, but, we are confident the team will perform well, so, we certainly hope that they can maintain their level and improve their personal best times at the event,” Asmah noted.
The competition is scheduled to reach its climax on September 15 with over 1000 athletes expected to take part.
Apart from Mtupo, the national junior swimming team was also trained by a famous coach, Alexander Mwaipasi, and Michael Livingstone.
Mtupo said they know the competition is very tough, but the swimmers’ prowess make him confident that they will shine in the event.
“We have prepared ourselves well for the competition, it is not an easy event as swimmers from other countries also target the best results,” he disclosed.
Mtupo also disclosed that his swimmers have shown drastic improvement in their training.
“We have made good stamina, we are more energetic and determined to shine in the event,” he said.