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Mashonaland swimming championships on


Les Brown Swimming Pool will be a hive of activity from Friday when the country’s top clubs meet for the second time this season for the Mashonaland senior swimming championships.

The chairperson of the Zimbabwe Swimming Board Mary Kloppers said they were expecting over 200 swimmers from the Under 9s to the senior age group categories.

“The tournament will take place from Friday and will carry over for the rest of the weekend before continuing next week from December 5- 3,” said Kloppers.

“We hope such exposure on a regular basis will help our swimmers to get the necessary exposure to post qualifying times for regional and international competitions.”

Swimmers from the provinces’ top clubs provinces will be competing against each other for the first time since the end of September when they met for the Mashonaland Short Course Gala at Heritage School.

In previous seasons Sharks, Highlands, Otters, Pirates and Otters have given each other stiff competition and this season is set to be no exception.
Pirates’ young James Lawson (15) is already in scorching form and recently shattered a 12 year old record in the 200 meters individual medley event in the under 15 category a fortnight ago.

The St Georges College student Lawson devastated the field with his explosive style to clock 2: 23: 72 and eclipse the previous national mark 2:20:97 set in 1998.
Kloppers said this competition would give a true reflection of the current progress the various clubs have made in terms of fitness levels this season.

“The tournament runs over two weeks every year and after the Four Seeded Galas since the start of the season we should be able to see which swimmers are in top form for their clubs,” Kloppers added.

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