The Herald (Harare)

9 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Swimming Is a Must This Summer!

Ollah 7 cool guys. Summer is still with us and this time swimming is a must! Last weekend our Cool Sport had a long journey to Rydings Primary School located about 7km north-west of Karoi in Mashonaland West Province for their inter-house swimming gala. It was really cool guys witnessing

"Kirsty Coventrys" in the making going their paces in the pool.

After my life was threatened by water, I distanced myself from swimming for about five years only to rekindle my interest last weekend.

From the period I was involved in swimming activities while at school, I discovered that very few people regard swimming as real sport. This is because they do not know that swimming is a competitive sport, capable of transforming one's life.

To those who want to try the game, just like any other game, it needs commitment.

Swimming consists of four strokes namely freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly.

According to swimming Guru Shirley Dendaal, freestyle is like regular swimming.

"Head in the water, arms stuck out ahead of you, and kicking your feet. Breaststroke is when one will be swimming like a frog while dipping your head in and out of the water. Backstroke is just floating on your back but you also have to kick your legs and move your arms. It's like freestyle on your back," explained the coach.

It is fun when you win a race but all that matters is beating your time.

Rydings Primary School inter-house swimming gala was a success, which saw two houses from the hosting school -- Kudu and Sable battling it out with Hararian representative -- Divaris Makaharis.

The Under 10 girls, 25m backstroke were the curtain raisers. From U10, U12 and U13 swimmers showcased their skills that could see Lucy from "Little Mermaid" cartoon green with envy.

Sable was announced the winner after completing 64 stages dominating the festival.

The team successfully defended their title with 369 points while Kudu accumulated 346 with the visiting Divaris Makaharis scoring 158 points.

More than 10 swimmers from Sable won themselves monetary prizes for their tremendous effort.

Sable's captain, Sylvia Nyakunengwa (12) applauded her house performance stating that the sky is the limit for them.

"I am proud of my team. We really put up a splendid performance and emerged victors. My house has become the power house at this school. First term we also won the athletic cross country event. Many thanks goes to our coach Mrs Bure for her contribution to the team's success," she said.

Commenting on their performance Kudus' captain Audrey Pasipanodya (13) said she did not expect the outcome as they had practised really hard.

"I was disappointed with the outcome. We failed to rise to our expectations. Anyway that's how it is; you win some and lose some. Hope next time, we will do better," said Audrey.

The swimming gala started way back in 1984 a year after the school was opened.

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