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Kenyan swimming needs community boost

07 July 2014, 14:45

Nairobi - Chairman of the Nairobi Swimming Association (Nasa), Reginald Okumu, says the county needs more community clubs rather than school-based ones.

Okumu says swimmers leaving school need an outlet to continue competing in order to broaden the selection base for national teams.

Students are dropping the sport because they no longer have access to proper facilities once they leave school, said Okumu.

“It saddens me that we do not have many clubs where students who are through with studies but have a promising swimming future can join,” said Okumu.

“We have good swimmers in the school category and I wish they could find clubs to join after schools so they can continue to grow their talent. Sadly, there is not much. I am  appealing to stakeholders, parents and well wishers to come on board to make this happen.”

Okumu added that plans were afoot for the 2014/2015 Nasa gala to be held at both the Aga Khan Academy and Moi Kasarani.

“If we go with the  recent numbers where we currently have 300 swimmers and the list keeps growing, the Aga Khan pool cannot sustain the numbers, we have at  many times ended the gala late.

"Therefore to avoid this, we are doing everything possible to use the Moi Kasarani pool.”

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