OLYMPIC Youth Development Centre (OYDC) will next month host a Zamtel swim challenge with the aim of training more swimmers and equipping them with life skills, says programmes manager Jonny Zimba.
Zimba said the main aim of the challenge was to incorporate more swimmers from the over 300 that have lined for the event.
The swim challenge was developed from Zamtel’s mobile network provider ‘learn to swim’ programme that has trained over 1, 600 swimmers.
The manager also said the response from the ‘learn to swim’ programme was overwhelming, adding that it has developed young swimmers with the likes of the seven year old rising star Tondelai Mashikala.
“The response from ‘learn to swim’ programme is good, it is through it that we have yielded stars like Tondelai, who has the potential to swim for the national team,” he said.
Zimba said the Center would work closely with the Zambia Amateur Swimming Union (ZASU) to ensure the success of swimmers engaged in ‘learn to swim’ programme as well as the challenge.
Meanwhile OYDC director Clement Chileshe thanked the sponsors of the swim challenge, Zamtel for their continued support towards the sport and the Centre at large.
He has also appealed to Zamtel to continue supporting the Centre, adding that their partnership has impacted positively on the activities at the Center.
“I would like to thank our partners Zamtel who have tirelessly supported us, their funding has not only helped us develop swimming but also helped to maintain the facility, for this we are very grateful,
“I would also like to appeal to Zamtel to continue helping us as we are still in need of their support,” he said.
The director also encouraged the corporate world to emulate Zamtel and support the Centre in any possible way.
“I would like to appeal to other companies to come on board and support the Centre in any way that they can, this facility has done tremendously in its aim to develop sport and we would like to continue with that work,” he said.
Zamtel last year injected K1,800 to sponsor the swim challenge and part of the finances have been used to maintain the facility.