Beitbridge school nurturing swimming talent

Sports Writer

A local school, Oakleigh House has engaged Japanese swimming instructors with a view to narture talent and produce professionals in the related field

Headmistress , Mrs Beauty Takaza said they are warming up to the idea of taking sport as a profession and hence bringing the services of qualified personnel.

She said although they had a swimming coach they want to tape into new skills and polish young talent.

Mrs Takaza said it was important for them to intergrate sport into the learning curriculum.

“This Japanese swimming exchange programme has come at the best time for us as we strive to broaden our curriculum activities, ” she said.

The move has generated excitement among learners who are already dreaming of becoming aquatic champions.

“I am excited, swimming is a sport which is not seriously pursued by many schools. I am determined to be an icon in the future,” said a pupil, Kevin Makore.

Another student, Cherly Khupe said the Japanese trainers had introduced new swimming skills to them, which had shifted the pupils’ perception about swimming.

Japanese trainer from the Okazaki Tatsuki Swimming Academy, Miss Remi Omari said Africa has a lot of untapped talent which can be nurtured to shine on the global stage.

“These children are really amazing, they have the passion and ability to become swimming icons. If they are exposed to appropriate techniques and resources they can transform the sport in the entire Africa,” she said.

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