1st-14th October 2013:

African Rowing Championships

In Tunis, Tunisia

As one Ugandan female Rower, Constance Mbambu arrived back home, the male team of 3  leaves the country on 2nd October for the African Rowing Championships aboard Turkish Airlines.

Junior Rower, Constance Mbambu on Monday night successfully returned home from the World Junior Championships in Trakai, Luthuiania where she managed to secure qualification to the Junior Olympics next year.

She had a tremendous improvement on her personal best of 11 minutes to 9:32.

“I am happy to be back home after a long while, now i will go back to school as coach plans my training schedule”, the Senior Three, St Kizito, Bugolobi Student told Kawowo Sports upon her arrival by a KLM flight.

Mambu, who finished 26th out of 59 nations at the Trakai event, also participated in several races like the European Army Regatta where she finished 5th and the 2 km Okeanos Race where she set The Okeanos Race Track record for foreign athletes with a sensational time of 9:16.

“Her stamina, agility and strength has improved because of the special training and diet she received while in Netherlands prior the Junior Championships. Special thanks to the Dutch people for the hospitality especially Thomas Friedhoff and Okeanos Rowing Club”, says Swalleh Kasibante, a coach who traveled with the teenager.

Team Uganda to Tunisia will be represented by Gerald Ssemambo (Senior Single Scull Event) and Alfred Okello (Junior Single Scull) and a coach, Rodrick Muhumuza.

Ssemambo, who partcipated in the Under23 Championships which were held in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria,  the “Holland Beker” and the World Rowing Championship 2013 in Chungju, Korea will use his vast experience to help inspire his junior partner, Alfred Okello who will be racing in the single Scull after would be partner in the Double Scull event, Douglas Kisarale, missed making the trip due to travel documents and limited finances.

Had resources permitted, the Ugandan contingent would have been bigger with Rowing prospects like Davis Mbabazi, Arthur Ntozi, John Bosco Zziwa, Allan Jengo, William Mwanga, Raymond Adiga, Douglas Kisarale and Self Sekyanzi, all of whom whose talent has never been in question.

Success Team Uganda.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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