Youthful swimmers on ambitious mission

Shot in the arm: DTCB assisted the swimming team to the World Aquatics World Junior Championships 
Shot in the arm: DTCB assisted the swimming team to the World Aquatics World Junior Championships PICS: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Four young swimmers, Melodi Saleshando, Mmusi Matthews, Gaamangwe Junior Keitsile, and Tumo Matija will this afternoon fly off to Netanya, Israel, for the World Aquatics Junior Championships, which run from September 4-9.

The four swimmers will debut amongst over 600 promising young swimmers from more than 100 National Federations that are expected to compete. The team received financial assistance from Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTC) to the tune of P100,000. The sponsorship was handed over to the Botswana Swimming Sports Association (BSSA) yesterday. Speaking at the event, Senior Manager Human Resources, Stella Moetse said they are excited to be sponsoring the team. “One of our strategic priority is to elevate sustainability in communities which ensures the promotion of socio-economic activities for the betterment of Batswana. The partnership is befitting for DTCB and BSSA,” she said. Moetse said DTCB supports community activities that have a strong inclination towards capacity building, enterprise development and supporting women, children, and people living with disability. She said her company recognises swimming as a comprehensive discipline with far-reaching implications. BSSA president, Kgaotsang Matthews said they are in the implementation stage of the Long-Term Strategy and the most important objective of the strategy is the performance of athletes. “Our swimmers travelling are aged between 13 and 17. We have many talented swimmers who need our support. Swimming is an Olympic sport and some of these swimmers are looking into qualifying for the 2028 Olympics,” she said. Matthews said local swimmers have shown potential to become top swimmers and get medals at the world championships. “We do not want our swimmers to leave when they go to university; we want them to keep in the water. That is the time they should be at the Olympics, they should stay in the water. They deserve our support,” she said.

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