Two Lusaka Sharks swimmers at the weekend dominated the Zambia Amateur Swimming Union (ZASU) fourth gala held at Simba School in Ndola where they posted improved personal best times.
With 10 swimming clubs from all over the country converging at Simba School, it was eight-year-old Tonderai Masikana from Sharks who showcased his skills in the boys’ 50m backstroke, finishing first with a time of 59.43 seconds. His previous time was 1.04.52 sec.
In the 100m breaststroke, Masikana again proved a darling, splashing out of the water with a time of 2.17.47 sec and put the icing on the cake on the second day of the event when he swam in the 50m breaststroke finishing first with a time of 58.08 sec. His previous time was 1.04.31.
Nine swimmers from Lusaka Sharks Club who train at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka represented the club and it was 12-year-old Mutono Chipili who ensured that his club dominated the gala with another brilliant performance by improving his time from 1.49.19 to 1.34.64 in the 100m butterfly.
In 100m breaststroke Mutono again was beyond reach as he improved on his personal best time from 1.45.55 to 1.39.01sec. In the girls’ 12 years and over 50m freestyle event, Lusaka Sharks swimmer Nancy Mulenga also improved her previous time of 40.76 seconds to 37.20 seconds. She was the only girl who represented her club during the gala.
Paul Chomba, Joshua Sikazwe, Mwansa Kalizya, Emmanuel Mhango, Innocent Phiri and Jacob Chimwanga were among the Sharks swimmers who took part in the gala.
Lusaka Sharks coach Charles Banda expressed happiness with the times his swimmers posted during the gala, saying that they have continued to improve on their personal best times. Banda has paid gratitude to ZASU executive and its affiliates for the encouragement and motivation given to his swimmers.
Banda has also paid tributes to Zamtel who are the sponsors of his swimmers for introducing the Zamtel Swim Challenge at the OYDC.
The clubs that participated in the gala included American International School, Lusaka Dolphins, Lechwe Swimming Club, Kapenta Swimming Club, Trident Tigers and Baobab College.
Others were Mufulira Amateur Swimming Club and the host Simba who ensured that the gala was successful and colourful.