East and Central Africa Rowing Championships:
7th – 9th March 2014:
The competition boats and Oars are ready to approach the Lake Victoria waters at Kisubi beach as the East and Central Africa Rowing Championships rolls off at Kisubi beach, about 2 km off Entebbe – Kampala highway on Friday.
Ugandan rowers who had intensified training weeks ago will face a reality test from 6 other nations in Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Senegal and Malawi. “The rowers are ready to compete after weeks of double sessions on the rowing boats per day”, Rodrick Muhumuza, a FISA Certified coach tells Kawowo Sports.
Some of Uganda’s finest rowers like Gerald Ssemambo, Muwanga, Constance Mbambu, Alfred Okello will participate among different clubs to stiffen competition in the 3 day championships.
The world’s Rowing body, FISA has already sent in the top umpire educator, Paul Daetweyler from Sweden who undertook the different umpires to officiate at the championships although they are yet to ship in 5 competition boats but they will be expected in the coming months.
In the previous week, various local coaches had chance to upgrade to the FISA Level two coaching degree under British coach, Jim Flood, who praised the abundant rowing talent at Uganda’s disposal.
A top rowing coach based in Holland, Thomas Freidhoff has already expressed his desire to come and watch the abundant African talent at disposal on the Continent.
“I will be coming (on Saturday night) to watch the championships and tap the abundant African talent at disposal. I will carry team Uganda some food supplements that will help out the rowers with energy”, Friedhoff remarks.
The Championships have been made possible courtesy of FISA, Uganda Rowing Federation, Uganda Olympic Committee , the national council of Sports and the management of Kisubi beach.
Lets go rowing, Kisubi beach here we come.