Seals Club Chairman Tefiro Serunjogi said the sponsorship will cover 80% of their budget.
PIC: Seals Club officials, Irene Mudanye (left), Tefiro Serunjogi (2nd left) and Rachael Kituuka (2nd right) receive a sh40m cheque from Centenary Bank Chief Manager Business Growth, Michael Jjingo (center) and Corporate Communications manager Michael Buryerali (right) at Kampala Parents School on Monday. (Credit: Michael Nsubuga)
KAMPALA - Over 200 swimmers from ten clubs are expected to compete in the fourth edition of the Seals Invitational Swimming Championships at Kampala Parents School pool, July 5-8.
The four-day event was launched over the weekend at the school’s pool side during a press conference at which Centenary Bank unveiled a sh40m sponsorship for the championship, that encompasses a unique format involving preliminaries and finals heats.
Seals Club Chairman Tefiro Serunjogi said the sponsorship will cover 80% of their budget. He expressed gratitude to Centenary Bank for having supported them for the past four years.
The bank’s Chief Manager Business Growth, Michael Jjingo who was in the company of Corporate Communications, Michael Buryerali presented the cheque to Seals’ Serunjogi, Secretary Rachael Kituuka and Treasurer Irene Mudanye.
“We are very keen on supporting sports and would like to commend the Seals for offering us a chance to be part of the transformation of the sport and to be able to create more productive citizens who are free from non-communicable diseases through sport,” Jjingo said.
“We want to continue touching the hearts of our customers and we shall continue supporting this gala and other sport and we would like to encourage swimmers to continue developing their talent as we continue to offer them youth based banking financial services including Cente Evolution and Cente Junior among others at the over our 70 branches countrywide,” Jjingo stated.
In a bid to attract more swimmers, the organisers have invited some students from national schools who will compete at no charge according to Serunjogi.
He said this was intended to inspire and motivate the students into taking up the sport as national swimmers in future.
Last year, the Seals edged the Dolphins 1,101-1,094 points with Makerere University, Marines and Pipssa finishing third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Baseline, Gliders, Seagulls, Sailfish, Silverfin and the Agakhan High School and USIU from Kenya are expected to compete in this year’s event.