Swimming Gets Over U.S.$6,000 Worth of Trophies


The Sierra Leone Swimming, Diving and Water Polo Association (SLSDWA) has purchased US$6,000 worth of medals and trophies in preparation to host several national championships later this year.

According to the association’s scribe, Mohamed Turay, they are presently embarking on intensive preparations ahead of their lined up competitions in order not to fall short in any area of organising the upcoming tournaments.

“The medals and trophies are engraved with the association’s details and they are specifically for winners in our upcoming local competitions. A lot of things are in store for our swimmers,” Turay said and further expressed optimism that their annual Open Water Swimming Championship to be held at the Borbor Beach will go as planned this year.

The open tournament had been scheduled for the months of March and April with the hope that the current state of the country regarding the Ebola virus would have stabilised, but with some improvement, the SLSDWA scribe is confident the tournament could be held either in late March or April.

According to Turay, this is a very important year for the association because they must compete in several championships in order to meet the qualifying standard for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

“Already our swimmers have missed the World Championship in Qatar due to the Ebola outbreak, and with the 2014 competition calendar now closed, we must ensure we compete in other championships this year, including the Africa competition in April,” he said.

Source : Concord Times