The atmosphere was serene as Uganda Swimming Coaches Association (USCA) ushered in a new executive led by Muzafaru Muwanguzi at De Meloz Restaurant last Friday.
The event was graced by Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) president William Blick – who promised to help the coaches raise their standards, Uganda Swimming Federation (USF) president Dr Donald Blick and Makerere’s veteran coach Salongo Mujabi.
“Often coaches and technical people are the unsung heroes. Swimming is well-organized but the technical side needs to improve and as UOC we shall put a Fina course in future to ensure this,” Blick said.
He also told the gathering that the NOC has offered a scholarship to USF vice president and co-founder of USCA Peter Mugisha, who will in turn help organize coaching clinics for local coaches here.
USCA president Muwanguzi, dwelt a lot on the journey the coaches have taken to get to this level over 11 years and called for unity as he reminded them why the association was started.
“First the sample space in coaching was really small and it was a part time thing. Secondly coaches needed to be empowered with knowledge to gain respect of athletes,” Muwanguzi recounted for the coaches.
“Now coaching is our way of life, we earn from it but we still have a lot to do. USCA should be able to get coaches to work together because individualism has not helped us over the years,” Muwanguzi added.