May 13, 2015

Centenary Bank injects shs66 million in swimming championship

Seals Swim Club Kampala is a one and half year old parent run competitive swim club with over 150 swimmers between the ages of 2 and 22. It is currently the biggest competitive swim club in Uganda.

(L-R): Seals Swim Club Kampala Treasurer- Irene Mudanye and the Chairman of the Club- Mr. Tefiro Serunjogi receive a cheque worth shs66 million from Centenary Bank's Chief Manager Business Development and Marketing and the Bank's Supervisor for Corporate Affairs- Christine Birungi
(L-R): Seals Swim Club Kampala Treasurer- Irene Mudanye and the Chairman of the Club- Mr. Tefiro Serunjogi receive a cheque worth shs66 million from Centenary Bank’s Chief Manager Business Development and Marketing and the Bank’s Supervisor for Corporate Affairs- Christine Birungi

The club carries out daily training sessions at Kampala Parents School swimming pool in Naguru. In 2015 the Seals Swim Club Kampala has planned several programs and initiatives to help further grow the sport of swimming in Uganda. One of these initiatives is the upcoming Seals Invitational:

The invitational gala, where participants from Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and South Africa are expected to participate, shall be held from 2 ‐ 5 July followed by a Swim camp from the 6 July – 10 July and another gala that tests the skills learnt at the camp from 11 ‐ 12 July 2015.

The Seals Invitational will be the first gala of its kind in Uganda let alone the Great Lakes region! A budget of UGX 88 Million is projected of which Centenary Bank, as the Lead Sponsor, in support of the development of Uganda’s young talent, has generously provided UGX. 66 Million.

Achievements, Records and Awards National Records:

Girls/Women:

Our swimmers Jamila Lunkuse (who trains with us during school breaks), Rebecca Ssengonzi and Ann Mudanye together hold all the Uganda national open records for girls for all competitive swim events. These swimmers alongside Katrina Ssangalyanbogo and Anthea Mudanye hold the vast majority of Uganda national age group records for girls/women

Boys/Men:

Our swimmers Nuwa Senkebe Serunjogi and Jethro Ssengonzi together hold 7 Uganda national open records for boys/men.

It is worth noting that all these swimmers are 17 years or younger with some as young as 12.

International and Regional Swim Meets:

Several of our swimmers have regularly represented Uganda and the Seals Swim Club at various international and regional meets with great success.

Jamila Lunkuse, Rebecca Ssengonzi, Katrina Ssangalyanbogo, Jethro Ssengonzi and Nuwa Senkebe Serunjogi have won several medals (several Gold medals included) over the years for club and country.

In November 2013 at the Kenya National Age Group, Open Relays Swimming Championships in Mombasa Seals Swim Club team of 8 swimmers bagged a total of 3 Gold, 6 Silver and 15 Bronze medals.

At the CANA Zone 3 & 4 Swimming Championships 2013 in Lusaka our swimmers, while on national duty, won a total of 7 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.

In October 2014, our swimmers, while taking part in the Kenya National Age Group, Open and Relays Swimming Championships in Mombasa won a total of 2 Gold, 2 Silvers and 4 Bronze medals.

At this event Nuwa Senkebe Serunjogi, the Seals Swim Club Captain, set 2 new Uganda national open records in the 1500m and 800m Freestyle events while winning gold in both events.

In November 2014 again a small and young team of the Seals Swim Club swimmers bagged a total of 3 Gold, 6 Silver and 5 Bronze Medals at the NASA Invitational in Nairobi, Kenya.

Then, early this year, in February the Seals team at the Kenya National Age Group, Open and Relays Swimming Long Course Championships in Nairobi won a total of 3 Gold, 4 Silvers and 5 Bronze medals and a Victrix overall 2nd runner up trophy in the boys Open category for one of our swimmers.

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