SWIMMERS CONVERGE

PIPSSA Gala at Riara School this weekend attracts 23 clubs

Coach Francis Mwangi of Riara School said he is relishing the challenge of facing the top swimming sides in the city.

In Summary

•He said most swimmers will use the event to improve their personal best times as they seek to qualify for the East African Chipkizi Championship in Arusha this December.

•Gathoni expects more teams to confirm their participation by the end of the week

Swimmers in action during a past championship in Eldoret
Swimmers in action during a past championship in Eldoret
Image: FILE

The private and International Preparatory Schools Sports Association (PIPSSA) national swimming championship on Saturday at Riara School has attracted 23 clubs. 

Lukenya Dolphins, Riara School, Kilimani Junior Academy, Leerand School, KBA School, Kitengela International and Brookeshine School are among the schools that have already confirmed participation.

Others are— Golden Dolphins Academy, Dawamu School, Ongata Rongai, Kianda School Hospital Hill, Chantiliy School, Umoja Sharks, Premier Swim Club and Orca Swim Club

Lukenya Dolphins coach Benson Okoth expressed his excitement, noting: "I am eager to participate in the upcoming PIPSSA Kenya Gala, which will be the last event of the season."

He said most swimmers will use the event to improve their personal best times as they seek to qualify for the East African Chipkizi Championship in Arusha this December.

"My swimmers will also attend a High-Performance Training Camp in Mombasa in August to gain exposure to different coaching techniques," said Okoth. 

Coach Francis Mwangi of Riara School said he is relishing the challenge of facing the top swimming sides in the city.

"I am happy my school will be hosting PIPSSA and we have made all the necessary plans to ensure the event is seamless and colourful. PIPSSA Kenya has remained a great avenue for developing swimmers from the grassroots to the national platform," he added. 

He singled out Innocent Musau, a top national swimmer who began his journey at PIPSSA.

Rachel Gathoni, PIPSSA Kenya secretary general, commented: "I am impressed with the teams' response to the year-ender. Our events are athlete-centred to ensure they conform to international standards."

Gathoni expects more teams to confirm their participation by the end of the week. “ We expect a competitive contest between the various schools and teams in the event.