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Last long course gala squeezed in this weekend before season turns

Last long course gala squeezed in this weekend before season turns

This coming weekend, some 90 competing swimmers are expected at the municipal swimming pool in Olympia, Windhoek, for the final long course gala of the season.

The fifth and last Bank Windhoek Long Course gala for the 2016/2017 swimming season is scheduled as the last major event before the pool’s notoriously cold water makes it unfit for further competitions.

The long course gala takes place on Friday and Saturday, 07 and 08 April 2017.

“We expect 90 plus swimmers to take part in the event to be held in Windhoek, representing Aqua Swimming and Fitness Club, Dolphins Swimming Club, Marlins Swimming Club and Namib Swim Academy,” said Jurie Badenhorst of the Namibia Swimming Union.

“With some of Namibia’s top swimmers having recently returned from the South African Junior National championship, the 12th African Junior Swimming championship which was held in Cairo, Egypt, as well as the Swimming South Africa Level 2 championship in Germiston, South Africa, the swimmers should be in good form and we expect them to close off the long course season with a lot of improved (personal best) times and hopefully some new records,” said Badenhorst.

Bank Windhoek is the official sponsor of the swimming union for the long course galas.

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