Swimmers ready for Dolphin Sprints

Normal, Sports

The National, Thursday, June 9th 2011

BOROKO Swimming Club is the hosting of the annual sprint competition, the BASC Dolphin Sprints, one of the four premier events held in PNG each year and is open to swimmers around the country.
The event will be held at the Sir Donald Cleland 50m swimming pool at the Taurama Leisure Centre starting tomorrow.
The competition will start with the warm-up sessions at 4pm followed by event at 4.30pm.
There will be two sessions on Saturday. The morning session warm-up 7.30am, competition start time 8am; and the afternoon session will start with the warm-up at 2.30pm and the competition start time 3pm.
The final session will be held on Sunday, warm-up 7.30am, competition start time 8am.
Swimmers from as young as six years old Olivia Bunena and Suliana Fairhead from Boroko Swim Club and Lae Swim Club have registered for the event.
“The BASC club is excited about the event and members are preparing well to host the sprints,” BASC president Greg Runnegar said.
“Eight LASC swimmers will arrive in Port Moresby tomorrow. They are Robert and Manasseh Moere, Livingstone Aika, Kimberly and Raila Ila, Colin and Judy Akara and Leonard Kalate to compete alongside the BASC competitors over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. 
“The Sprints will cover all four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly), over distances of 25m, 50m and 100m. In addition to this medley events from 50m, 100m and 200m will be run (this is a series of events involving all four strokes).
“The competition will see swimmers chasing gold, silver and bronze medals as they compete in their events during the weekend. Spectators are most welcome to witness our swimmers competing for places and improving times,” Runnegar said.
 The championships will also provide an opportunity for swimmers to swim qualifying times to gain a place in the PNGSI junior or intermediate silver or gold excellence squads, and the PNGSI Kundu silver or gold target squad in their preferred distance and stroke.