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Identify swimming talent by the lakeshore – Minister

Minister of Youth and Sports Uchizi Mkandawire has asked the Malawi Aquatic Union (MAU) and stakeholders to expedite talent identification exercise of young and talented swimmers along the shores of Lake Malawi.

The minister made call when he presided over the official launch of 2023 Malawi National Swimming Championships on Friday at Africa Bible College in Lilongwe.

Mkandawire highlighted that government places sports development highly in pursuit of the 2063 agenda saying sports guarantees health citizens which is key in achieving the aspirations.

He said: “Swimming can be a popular sport in Malawi with its potential to develop therefore we need to have a comprehensive plan which will enable us to compete at all levels,
We have the lake as a natural swimming pool and we believe there are so many young people who are talented hence I urge MAU and stakeholders to conduct talent identification exercise so that we can help them develop professionally.”

The minister added that with proper professional training rendered to natural swimmers, the country will have a pool of professionals that will put Malawi on the map at continental and global levels.

He therefore expressed government’s commitment and financial support towards swimming by pledging that all national competitions will be taking place at the Aquatic Complex which recently hosted Region 5 games
In her remarks, President of Malawi Aquatic Union Monica Chang’anamuno said the swimming championship will be used to identify Malawi Swimming national team players that will carry the flag at forthcoming competions.

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