The Sunday Mail
Swimming can only be developed if facilities such as pools are maintained, especially in schools, a local pool company has said.
The Pool Man has been conducting a series of workshops on safety precautions around pools and basic maintenance techniques.
“The idea is to also develop swimming as a sport in the country,” said The Pool Man’s chief operating officer Mr Pritchard Mauya.
“We received an overwhelming response in our last workshops and we are going to do another one next month after schools close so that we can accommodate those who could not come due to examinations.”
Swimming coaches from private and Government institutions, as well as pool minders, attended the latest workshop in Harare recently.
“Many people don’t know how to take care of their pools; that is why we decided to organise such workshops.
“Pools require regular maintenance and care to avoid preventable incidents.”
Swimming is one of the few sports that have earned Zimbabwe a gold medal at the Olympic Games.
Kirsty Coventry, who is now the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, won a gold medal in the 200-metre backstroke at the 2004 Olympic Games held in Greece.
She also won more medals in 2008.