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Africa Senior Swimming Championships - Dakar, Senegal (11-16th September 2006)

17 September 2006

The Africa senior swimming championships held in Dakar, Senegal was a big success to Kenya as well as our Academy. It was a very good exposure for our young 15 year old Rachita Shah who is in grade 9 at the Academy and was part of the 13 swimmers who represented Kenya during the championships. Rachita is glad to be part of the team which made history in Kenyan Swimming.

The Kenyan team who’s head coach was our own academy coach Fauz Ahmed. The Kenyan team won a total of 9 medals, 4 Gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze, this was history made as Kenya has never won a medal in the Africa championships.

One of the oldest record broken by our swimmer Rachita Shah is the record which was set by Kate Cruishank in the 100m backstroke set in 1976.

“I enjoy swimming Butterfly and Backstroke although I do participate in all events during provincial and at the national level, I hardly miss a training session and I always give my best during training sessions” said Rachita.

“We are now trying to expose our swimmers in international events as much as possible, last year the academy sent 11 swimmers to Zambia invitational gala and early this year 6 swimmers represented the province at the South Africa level two championships” commented coach Fauz.

Rachita Shah is a swimmer who started the swim program from our junior school some years back and now she has started to yield her fruits.