2nd Seals Invitational Swimming Gala:

July 7-10, 2016

Kampala Parents School, Naguru

All plans to have a successful Seals Invitational Swimming Tournament for the year 2016 have been laid.

It is just a matter of time to assemble the over 200 expected swimmers and the competition gets rolling this Thursday at Kampala Parents school in Naguru.

Seals Swim Club Kampala, one of Uganda’s premier swim clubs, is a three-year-old parent run club with over 150 swimmers between the ages of 2 and 25.

Addressing the media at the handover of the sponsorship items that included medals and trophies, Immaculate Ngulumi the Centenary Bank Manager for Branding and Marketing said the institution is overwhelmed to be associated with the event.

We are proud to associate with Seals Swimming Club because over the last couple of years the competition has provided a platform that has seen many budding swimmers showcasing their talent for the rest of the world to see.

It should be remembered that it is through such events that athletes that represent the country across the borders are nurtured and spotted.

We are contributing Shs20 million for this upcoming gala and camp.

We want to see a youthful society that contributes to the development of the country

Teffiro Serunjogi, the chairman of Seals Swim Club was equally delighted with the offer asserting that such a competition is intended to create an atmosphere similar to galas held internationally.

With the leaps swimmers have made over the last year, we expect many records from the inaugural invitational gala shall be broken.

The gala shall use a 25-metre swimming pool and events shall be swum in age groups starting with 10 and under, 11-12, 13-14, 15 & over.

This gala uses a heats-and-finals format for the events.

Therefore each morning, the swimmers shall participate in heats for the various events and the top 6 swimmers for each event and 2 reserves shall then participate in the finals every afternoon.

At least 200 swimmers from clubs in Kenya and Uganda are expected to be attend.

In Uganda  alone, a number of clubs have already registered; Dolphins, Sharkteens, Makerere University, Uganda Christian University – Mukono, Gliders, Rubaga Girls, Pirates and Seals.

From Kenya, Kisumu Swimming Club, Otters and Makini and USIU Dolphins have duly confirmed participation.

Seals Swim Club were the winners of the inaugural gala last year with 941.5 points, Torpedo from Kenya were the first runners-up with 493 points and Altona swim club from Kampala were the second runners-up with 265.5 points.

Individual winners from 2015 Edition:

·         17 and over boys – Bakka Amos from Altona swim club

·         17 and over girls – Meya Avice then with Seals now with Silverfin

·         15-16 over boys – Serunjogi Nuwa Senkebe

·         15-16 girls – Muli Mumbi from Torpedo

·         13-14 boys – Lohol Ken from Torpedo

·         13-14 girls – Anthea Mudanye from Seals

·         12 and under boys – Anjichi Daryl Anambo from Torpedo

·         12 and under girls – Mercedes Mwebeiha then with Seals now with Silverfin

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

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