Swimmers off to South Korea
11 July 2019 | Sports
Three swimmers will represent Namibia at the 18th FINA World Championships from 12 to 28 July in Gwangju, South Korea.
Alexander Skinner, Ronan Wantenaar and Phillip Seidler are in fine form to take on competitors at the championships that will see over 2 600 swimmers representing 194 nations.
Skinner will be competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.
Wantenaar will compete in the 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley. Seidler, who is an open-water swimmer, will be competing at the Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park, in the 10km open-water swim.
Skinner and Wantenaar will be joined by their coach Ryan Skinner and Seidler will be accompanied by his coach, Helmut Seidler. Sonja Skinner is the team manager and will also be South Korea.
Seidler is already in South Korea and is acclimatising to the rainy weather.
With the swimmer being a Jetty Mile expert, his coach is adamant the conditions will work in his favour.
His mom, Nadja, added: “The rougher the weather, the better for the swimmer.”
The world champs comprise of six different aquatic events - synchronised swimming, swimming, open-water swimming, water polo, diving and high diving.
Namibia Swimming Union (NASU) exco member Nicky McNamara said the athletes trained hard and are mentally ready for the opportunity.
“NASU wishes you well on your adventure. Make yourselves proud. Over the weekend we will also hold the third short course swimming gala.
“Our swimming galas are definitely growing. The last short course gala increased by approximately 75 swimmers. We also had three records broken by Jose Canjulo and one by Corné Le Roux.
“We are proud that swimming is on the increase; it is a fantastic sport for body and mind,” McNamara added.