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Swimming coaches told to help sport go places

SWIMMING coaches have been urged to share and spread the knowledge they have acquired during the nine-day training held at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), to ensure they take the sport to another level.

Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC), Director of Technical, Suleiman Jabir made the call on Wednesday when closing the just ended Technical Course for Coaches in Swimming, organised and sponsored by the Olympic Solidarity and TOC in collaboration with Zanzibar Swimming Association (ZSA).

Jabir advised participants of the course which was conducted by German instructor Joshua Neuloh from the international governing body of swimming (FINA), to take what they have learnt from the course to athletes in effort to make the sport much better.

“I call upon all participants of this course which involves coaches from various clubs in the country, to work on what you have been taught so as to push forward the development of the sport. It is your duty to make athletes see swimming as an opportunity,” he said.

On his side, the course instructor Neuloh challenged the participants to cultivate passion for sport and willingness of going places in their career. Participants were awarded certificates from the IOC.

On his side, Noel Kiunsi, who was the co-instructor of the training, also urged participants to utilise well the knowledge they have acquired in the training. He said the training will be useless for development of swimming in the country, if the participants would not practise what they had learnt by sharing and teaching others.

“Hanging certificates in your rooms after attending trainings and not practising what you have learnt or sharing the knowledge with others will be useless.

“You all need to go out there and work or share what you have acquired from the training,” said Kiunsi, who is the former Secretary General of the Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA).

Giving the vote of thanks on behalf of his fellow participant TSA, Secretary General, Ramadhan Namkoveka, commended the organisers of the training, saying it was important to develop the sport. He further said that a good starting point for their preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Nakomveka also hailed the training instructors for his unique teaching techniques and requested TOC to arrange for another training of such kind in 2018, two years before the Tokyo Games.

The training involved 27 swimming coaches from various swimming clubs from Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar was held from November 7 to 1

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