2012 will go down in history as one of the successful year for Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA).
"The association has the pleasure to announce that 2012 was a successful year despite facing a lot of challenges, which will make us strong in the years a head," said TSA Technical Director Marcelino Ngalioma. Such success includes hosting FINA clinics/courses in which over 72 coaches have benefited from this programme.
TSA organised a ten-day level one clinic in June whereby Gerd Nottelmann from German was the instructor. In December they had a level 3 FINA Coaches Certification programme in which coaches from different African nations came to Dar es Salaam for the course which was led by Martyn Wilby (American).
In terms of swimming competition, TSA had two national events, one in May and another one in September, which for the first time in history was hosted by Zanzibar Swimming Association in Zanzibar. In November there was an invitational gala in Mwanza city where over 160 swimmers from all over the country took part.
All these competitions have helped the local swimmers to improve their swimming techniques and most important to set new personal best (PB). Internationally, TSA have been successful to send two swimmers to the London Olympics. Magdalena Moshi and Amaar Ghadiyali together with other four athletes were the only athletes who represented Tanzania in the most prestigious games.
"It was our second time ever to participate in the games and first time to participate in100m freestyle. Amaar set a time of 1.01.07 seconds finishing third in his heat but could not make it to semi finals. As a young athlete, only 14 years old we are optimistic he will qualify for 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and set wonderful time for Tanzania," he said.
Recently Tanzania sent four swimmers for the just ended FINA World Championships in Turkey. Over 800 swimmers from all over the World took part in the competition. All swimmers set new and better times and TSA are proud of them all. Also in April, the country sent 12 swimmers to Maputo for an African meet whereby TSA said it was satisfied with the performance of the swimmers.
They returned home with three (3) medals. Gouri Kotecha got two silvers and a bronze medal while Mariam Gouri got a bronze medal. Ngalioma said the TSA faced so many challenges including the most common challenges in Africa, lack of facilities as well as financial support.
"Our swimmers are training in very difficult conditions in most cases, we ask their parents to facilitate them financially. Special thanks to CFAO motors and all who heartedly supported us during 2012," he said. And as the TSA bid farewell to the year 2012 and usher in the year 2013 the associations has set its target for the coming year.
However, in order to attain the best result the TSA ask the government and other stakeholders including sponsors and the media to give them maximum support as necessary. Some of the major activities this year will be the National competition on March 17-18th which will be held in Dar es Salaam.
On April 25-29 TSA will send 16 swimmers to the African zonal competition in Lusaka (CANA Zone 3 & 4). In the last week of August they will have another National event to ensure that the local swimmers get as much competition as possible in getting ready for international events.
In July they will send swimmers to the World championships in Barcelona (ESP), where they expect them to qualify for the Junior Olympics set for July 2014 in China. "We are asking all swimmers to train hard so that we can achieve better success this year.
Technically we advise swimmers to train at least six hours every day as opposed to two hours most of them train for now," he noted. He concludes; "For our coaches we have managed to ask FINA to provide clinics for us. We will have one clinic in February and another one late during the year. Coaches should make use of the knowledge they get to improve training strategies and coaching plans for the better of swimming as a sport in Tanzania."