Ugandan rowing in the year 2015 remained with a ‘promising tag’ just like the previous year, 2014.
Rowers still braved all sorts of conditions to storm the waters and train.
There were only three local events on the calendar with one sprint and two competitive regattas.
The sprint regatta at the Kabaka’s lake in Ndeeba marked a debut for the Kampala central water body.
Maroons rowing club held their annual regatta at Luzira that was followed by the national championship off the shores of Lake Victoria in Kisubi, along Entebbe road.
Ugandan rowers had a chance to participate in four international events held in Italy, Brazil, France and Tunisia.
Alfred Okello, Suzan Nabukenya were led by coach Faluku Baluku for the Paulo De Alojo memorial regatta in Gavirate, Italy.
The times for the youngsters posted were promising.
Uganda did manage to send a single rower, Arnold Omony at the world rowing Junior championship hosted in Rio De Janiero, Brazil.
William Muwanga was one of the promising rowers in the year, 2015
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Omony traveled to South America with Rodrick Muhumuza as coach.
Muhumuza believes the exposure the junior rower attained was key for his general improvement;
“Arnold (Omony) was impressive in Brazil. Going by the current form, he is bound to better his performances once given the right training regime
Gerald Ssemambo, who was at the time in Michigan, U.S traveled to Paris for the world rowing champions in the single scull event.
The final event that the Ugandan took part in was the Africa championship which also doubled as an Olympic qualifier.
The event was held at Lake Tunis in North Africa.
Douglas Kisalare and Raymond Adiga who were led by coach Muhumuuza narrowly missed hitting the qualification mark by a 2 micro seconds.
The duo have another chance to make amends with the last qualifier coming in February 2016.
The ray of hope for the sport was a successful training camp held at Luzira.
The camp had 6 athletes under coach Swalleh Kasibante.
These rowers were; Stanley Kaijage, Gerald Ssemambo, Alfred Okello, Suzan Nabukenya, Christine Kabuhwa and Constance Mambu.
This camp lasted for nine months from October 2014 to May 2015.
It was intended to build the rowers’ stamina, agility and endurance ahead of events.
Uganda Rowing Federation technical personnel, Rodrick Muhumuza believes the future of the sport in the country is bright.
“We might have had a few local events but the exposure our rowers attained from the international competitions helped us a lot. We plan to host a number of events in 2016”
Muhumuza, a FISA approved coach remarked.