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[/media-credit] A rower at Kisubi beach. Not many local competitions have been held for the past two years Credit:

For close to two years now, the Uganda Rowing Federation has been embroiled in administrative, logistical and technical encumbrances.

The defacto administration of Hamza Khawa faced a challenge from the pillar wing led by Solomon Muwonge.

Virtually, there is little or nothing to show as far as local regattas (competitive races), capacity building and human resource development is concerned.

But, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

With the first ever strategic planning workshop for the Uganda sports federations and associations going to rowing, there is definitely a beam of hope and expectations for the rowing family in the country.

In fact, witnessing Muwonge and Kahwa freely share ideas at the symposium was yet another bonus, a sign that reflects a cordial working relation being restored.

[/media-credit] Participants at the rowing symposium share ideas at Sheraton Kampala Hotel on Friday Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

“We are one family as we all wish the best for this sport. This strategic workshop will help us plan for the future,” Khawa told the media at the press conference during the official opening ceremony of the 4 day workshop.

Sarah McQuade from United States of America, a strategic Development Consultant and Rachel Davis, a FISA Coaching expert from Zimbabwe are the two facilitators.

The symposium started on Thursday evening at the Uganda Olympic Committee headquarters in Kampala and on Friday, there was an official launch at Sheraton Kampala Hotel by the Uganda Olympic Committee vice president, Ambrose Tashobya

I commend you for working with the international rowing body, FISA to have the development of this national sports system.

We believe that this strategic planning workshop will take rowing in Uganda to another level.

[/media-credit] UOC Vice President Ambrose Tashobya officially opened the strategic planning symposium for Rowing in Uganda Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The same views are shared by Rodrick Muhumuza, the only FISA local expert who worked tooth and nail to see the success of this workshop and the entire project.

We are targeting the creation of a strategic plan, streamline structures and work in line with the Olympic guidelines

Davis, a vastly experienced FISA Technical Expert anticipates a bright future for Uganda’s rowing.

This symposium is helpful in a number of ways.

First, we have been able to identify where the rowing sport is at the moment, then come up with workable hands on solutions and set targets as well

[/media-credit] Participants in a session at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

A glance into some of the ideas shared on the opening day of the workshop included key working values expected of a successful organization or federation.

Among others are; democratic principles, effective communications, unity, being knowledgeable, embracing creativity, flexibility, working without egos, activeness, mutual respect, integrity, fairness, honesty, professionalism, transparency, being ethical, trustworthy and accountable as well.

The Strategic planning workshop at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The workshop will continue on Saturday with day three activities before the closure on Sunday at Kisubi Beach.

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

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