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Swimmers crowned in absentia

By David Namunyala

Added 7th March 2016 03:37 PM

Most officials dressed for the function but it was the opposite with some of the swimmers

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Maggie Kigozi (left) hands over an award to UOC’s William Blick as FUBA President Ambrose Tashobya (right) looks on. PHOTO: David Namunyala

Most officials dressed for the function but it was the opposite with some of the swimmers

Uganda Swimming Federation (USF) president Donald Rukare and his team must be commended for the inaugural awards gala over the weekend at Nawab Restaurant, Garden City Mall in Kampala.

Besides the glamour on Saturday, there were very few moments of excitements and jubilation registered and this clearly shows what still needs to be done in a bid to make the next event better.

Most officials dressed for the function but it was the opposite with some of the swimmers who attended and maybe this was a clear sign that they were not expecting any awards.

The nomination lists was fairly balanced but unfortunately most of the winners in the competitive categories were awarded in absentia.

"We voted the winners based on their performances last year," Kanyerezi said.

Women’s captain Avice Maya (centre) charts with other local swimmers at the inaugural awards gala at Nawab restaurant

At the awards, US based Rebecca Ssengonzi and South Africa based Saleh Nabil won titles in the best women and men's junior swimmer category respectively.

London based Jamila Lunkuse won the women's senior category title while Arnold Kisulo who was the only winner at the awards scooped the men's title.

Dolphins swim Club won the clubs category while Green Hill Academy was crowned best primary and secondary school team.

USF Awards Gala;

Best player;

Junior’s category;

Women, Rebecca Ssengonzi

Men, Saleh Nabil

Senior’s category;

Women, Jamila Lunkuse

Men, Arnold Kisulo

Masters swimmer;

Women, Kate Kizza

Men, Latif Kajumba

Best coach, Muzafaru Muwanguzi

Primary school; Green Hill Academy

Secondary school; Green hill Academy

Best club; Dolphins swim Club

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