The Gambia Swimming Association on Sunday kick started its regional open water series in Barra, North Bank Region.
The regional series championship is aimed at identifying young swimming talents in the regions. More than 25 swimmers of both male and female competed in the junior and senior categories respectively.
During his welcoming remarks, the National Assembly member of Lower Nuimi, Matarr Jeng, commended The Gambia swimming Association for kicking start the series in Barra, saying the young ones in the North Bank regions are showing keen interest in swimming.
“Swimming is becoming a popular sport in this region and I think that’s a positive sign. The sport has become so rewarding, so the young ones should take it seriously”, Jeng said.
For his part, the North Bank regional swimming coordinator Mamadi Jarju expressed delight for hosting the event.
“What we've seen here today is a clear manifestation that swimming is rapidly growing in Barra. I have to thank the national Swimming Association for their foresight and continuous support to this region,” Mamadi said.
Meanwhile, the event also witnessed an attention-grabbing showcasing of life saving skills and techniques in drown cases by trained life savers of the GSA.
Certificates and cash prices were awarded to all winners in both categories.
However, next week all road leads to the coastal town of Tanji for the second series.
At the end of the entire series, the regional coordinators in collaboration with The Gambia Swimming Association will identify the 10 best open water swimmers (5 males and 5 females) to train with the national team.