Swimmers train focus on regional tourney

AFTER featuring in the FINA Swimming World Cup Short Course Galas in Durban, South Africa, and the United States last month, local swimmers have shifted their attention to the Sub-Saharan Invitational Swimming Championships to be held in

Zambia from January 5 to 7.


The events to be contested are short-course events in both individual and team events. The tournament attracts top swimmers from the region.


The Zimbabwe Swimming Board of Control has blended both foreign and locally-based talent into a 20-member team to represent the country at the championships.


Some of the top swimmers in the side include Tim Ferris and Dion Kruger, who have been earmarked for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.


Ferris and Kruger are fresh from representing the country at the FINA World Cup meet held in Durban in November.


Ferris and Kirsty Lapham are the only foreign-based swimmers in the Zimbabwe side as most of the swimmers are not available due to pressing commitments elsewhere.


Also making the trip were a host of local swimmers who impressed at the season-opening Mutare Sprint Gala.


Most of them were part of the Zimbabwe team that brought 75 medals from Windhoek last year.


Grant Beahan has been named captain for the boys team, while Megan Odendaal is the skipper for the girls side.


Teams:


Boys: G Beahan (captain), G Pallister, J Raynor, D Kruger, M Wilde, N James, T Ferris, I Simpson, T Desmond, S Ager, C Austin, J Dickinson, J Schultz, G Yeomans, M Lawson, Drew Rosser, J Lawson and Dylan Rosser.


Girls: M Odendaal (captain), D James, S Mackie, K Lapham, S de Klerk, M Fraser, M Heard, E Kuhn, |S Buys, S Graham and A Grinham. – Own Correspondent.