THE Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala got off to a flying start, with 120 swimmers who competed last weekend in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Oranjemund preparing for the new season.
Nicky McNamara, spokesperson for the Namibian Swimming Union said that the swimmers performed well for the first gala of the season.
“For most, it was their first time in a 50-metre pool in over six months, and this takes some adjusting. That being said, we had a total 10 new records set and in two cases, the records were broken and then broken again. This is a brilliant achievement for our first Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala,” he said.
McNamara said that they welcomed a number of new swimmers and a special welcome to Stones Water Polo Club, which entered its first gala swimming member.
“We had 977 splashes and out of that 426 personal best times were achieved,” McNamara continued.
“Overall, the gala was a huge success and we look forward to the next Long Course Gala 2 which will be taking place on the 15 to 16 November 2019. In between the 50th Pupkewitz Schools gala will be taking place next weekend the 25 and 26 October 2019,” McNamara concluded.
Public Relations Manager at Bank Windhoek, André le Roux, congratulated the participants.
“By being focused and goal driven we believe that each individual swimmer will reach new heights this season,” he said.