Ahead of the Ugandan Nationals, East and Africa Rowing regattas in early February and March respectively, the Uganda Rowing Federation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the management of Kisubi Beach along Entebbe road in a long term deal that has  seen the birth of yet another rowing center in Uganda.

“We are happy to announce the Uganda Rowing Federation has got another center after a partnership with Kisubi sports beach”, Hamuza Kahwa, the federation President told the media at the ceremony where a memorandum of understanding, witnessed by the UOC president was signed.

The news of another rowing center in the country is a timely boost to this water sport which had only two centers, with the Kampala based Miami beach and the Garuga rowing home, close to 10 kilometres off, along Kampala -Entebbe Highway.

Interestingly, the three rowing centers are all situated along the shores of Africa’s greatest fresh water body – Lake Victoria. For all the three rowing centers, all rowers access the facilities free of charge.

“We are ready to work with the rowing federation to see the game taken to another level all together. Kisubi has good accommodation facilites and a boat house”, the beach proprietor,Robert Lwanga Mugerwa said.

Uganda will hold the initial national trials / national rowing regatta in early February in preparation for the East and Central Clubs Rowing championships 6th – 9th March which will be held at the newly launched Kisubi beach rowing center.

Already 5 African nations; Senegal, the Indian Ocean based nation of Madagascar, Kenya, Namibia and the hosts, Uganda have already confirmed their participation in the 3 day event.

Kahwa announced that world’s Rowing body, FISA has already agreed to ship in 5 competition boats, another great boost to the rowers and federation.

“On top of the 5 competition boats, FISA has organised a level 2 coaching and umpiring course that will help equip more Ugandan officials with the skills in the up coming competitions”, Kahwa confirmed.

William Blick, the President Uganda Olympic Committee used the plat form to commit a financial offer and a fully functionally secretariat  to the growing Federation to help in organizing the national and other regattas successfully.

“At an optimum time, i will call you back (media) to announce how much the Office of the Uganda Olympic Committee has offered to the Uganda Rowing Federation. Otherwise, am impressed with all the good deeds of this federation”, a smiling Blick said.

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

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