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Activities Report July 2013 – October 2017

December 28th 2013

1ST DR. K.K. BANGURA MEMORIAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Sierra Leone Swimming Association hosted the first Dr. K. K. Bangura Swimming Championships in memory of the former national coach and sports official on December 28 2013 at the National stadium Swimming Pool, Brookfields. Thirty swimmers of both sexes in Junior and Senior categories competed for swimming medals, certificates and trophies in the maiden event. At the end of the competition, Bunturabie Jalloh won the Trophy for Best Female Junior Swimmer and Moris Beale won the Dr. K. K. Bangura Trophy for Best Athlete.


19 JULY -04 AUGUST 2013

15TH FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (50M)

Barcelona, Spain hosted the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships Long Course (50m)

The Sierra Leone Swimming Delegation consisting four (4) members viz; Two (2) Officials Mohamed Abdul Turay, Secretary General, Bobson Mansaray, Coach, Two (2) Swimmers Sahr James (C) and Osman Kamara left Freetown on Sunday, July 21 2013 for Abidjan, Ivory Coast via Conakry to obtain visas for the trip to Spain.


2nd May – 11th May 2014

SWIMMING COACHES CLINIC LEVEL2

The Swimming Association was awarded a FINA COACHES CLINIC which was conducted at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium from 2nd May – 11th May 2014, by German Swimming expert Gerhard Nottelmann.

Twenty two (22) level 1 coaches were trained in the 10 day clinic in both practical and theoretical aspects of swimming with regards to modern trends in aquatic sports/ At the end of the course, those coaches who were successful in the examinations were awarded the FINA Level 2 Swimming Coaches Certificate.

These certificates were presented to the coaches by Hon. Ishmail Al Sankoh, Deputy Minister of Sports and Dr. Patrick Coker, President of the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone.

 

22 July 2015

16TH FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS/FINA EXTRAORDINARY CONGRESS.

The first set of members of the Sierra Leone Swimming delegation comprising Team Leader, Mohamed A. Turay, Sec. Gen, Philip Bangura, Treasurer and Bunturabie Jalloh left Freetown on 22 July 2015 for Kazan, Russia to attend the FINA Extraordinary Congress and eventually the 16th FINA World Swimming Championships.


August/September 2015

ALL AFRICA GAMES, BRAZAVILLE CONGO

The Sierra Leone Swimming Team was included in the Sierra Leone delegation which attended the All Africa Games in Congo in August/September 2015, the same swimmers who had returned from Kazan and who had already qualified for the Olympic Games were sent by the SLSWDA to Congo with Head Coach Bobson Mansaray as Team Leader.

In Congo, both Bunturabie Jalloh and Osman Kamara improved on their times from Kazan with Osman swimming 27.39 secs and 32.62 secs in the 50m Freestyle and Butterfly strokes respectively setting a new national record in the space of two weeks and was ranked 15th in Africa at the games.

Bunturabie Jalloh in the 50m Free and Breast Stokes improved on her times in Kazan swimming 51.56 secs and 55.11 secs respectively. National Record Holder for both events.

Moris Beale swimming in the Freestyle stroke for the first time in Congo returned a time of 28.80 secs ranking 20th in Africa.

In Brazzaville, all three swimmers showed improvement on their performances achieved in Kazan, Russia.

December 28 2015

2ND DR. K.K. BANGURA MEMORIAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The SLSWDA collaborated with the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) to organize the event at the Siaka Stevens Stadium Swimming Pool on December 28 2015, which was declared open by the Director of Sports of Sierra Leone, Mr. Ibrahim Bangura and witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Sports in Sierra Leone, Hon Al Sankoh, Mr. Alie G. Koroma of the NOC and a host of other sports personalities.

Thirty swimmers from across the country participated in the annual event which was not held the previous year because of the EBOLA scourge. Swimming Medals, Trophies and certificates were awarded to the deserving athletes in the championships.

New swimmer Ishmael Koroma aka Stone Cold of the Albert Academy Secondary School was awarded the Dr. K. K. Bangura Memorial Trophy for the Best Swimmer in the competition.

February 2016

NOC POST EBOLA SPORTS JAMBOREE

After the ban on all sporting activities as a result of the Ebola Scourge in the country was lifted, The SLSWDA hosted a swimming event as part of the NOC Post EBOLA Sports Jamboree at the Siaka Stevens Stadium Swimming Pool in February 2016.

In this well attended event (watched by over 2000 spectators mainly young people) the SLSWDA introduced six (6) junior male swimmers between ages 8 and 12, and two (2) female swimmers between ages 12 and 14.

The SLSWDA also showcased Water Polo which as a novelty in Sierra Leone for many was much-admired by the spectators and sports officials present. The Sierra Dolphins (SLE Swim Team) was introduced to the spectators.

National Olympic Committee Certificates of participation were given to all (athletes and officials of the SLSWDA) who were involved in hosting this memorable event.

Easter 2016 

3RD BAW BAW OPEN WATER COMPETITION

The SLSWDA collaborated with the Baw Baw Tourist and Cultural Organisation to host the 3rd Baw Baw Open Water Swimming Competition at Easter 2016 in Baw Baw village.

Swimmers from the seaside villages (Tombo, Kent, Baw Baw, etc) took part in the competition which was hosted under the auspices of LUC Sovula of Adonkia Police Station as Baw Baw was under his purview.

Athletes competed in the 3km canoe race which was won by Brima Tungo of Baw Baw village, with Peter Thomas of Sussex and Sorie Marah of John Obey Village coming in second and third.

Moris Beale of the SLSWDA won the 3km Open Water Race, with Abdul Pratt of Baw Baw and female athlete Hawa Mansaray of Baw Baw coming in 2nd and 3rd positions.

Certificates and swimming prizes (swimming suits, trunks, caps, goggles, etc) were distributed by LUC and Mrs Sovula, The Headman of Baw Baw Village, Mr. Gibrilla Bangura and the Jonathan Chama, Chairman Baw Baw Cultural and Tourist Organisation to the deserving athletes.

April 02 2016

SLSDWA EXTRAORDINARY CONGRESS

According to Article 13.2 of the SLSWDA Constitution and in accordance with Article 15.9 of the FINA Constitution, the Executive of the SLSWDA convened an extraordinary congress on April 02 2016 at the Youth Commission Building in the Siaka Stevens Stadium Swimming Complex for the sole purpose of legalizing the status of Rev George Spilsbury-Williams who has been acting as the SLSWDA President since the death of our beloved former President, Alhaji Dr. A. T. Fadlu-Deen who died in June 2015.

Twenty one (21) delegates confirmed their confidence imposed on Rev George Spilsbury-Williams by waving their green cards overwhelmingly in support of the motion brought forward in the requisition by the Secretary General, Mr. Mohamed Abdul Turay.

The newly appointed President George Spilsbury-Williams, thanked members for the confidence they showed by legalizing his status in the association and promised to do his best to promote and develop Aquatic Sports in SLE.

May 26- 29 2016

5th AFRICAN ZONE 2 SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The SLSWDA received an invitation from the Senegalese Swimming Federation for the Sierra Dolphins to participate in the 5th African (CANA) Zone 2 Swimming Championships in Dakar, Senegal from May 26- 29 2016.


August 2016

RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES

Having qualified for the Rio Summer Olympics in Kazan Russia in 2015, becoming the only discipline in SLE to do so in2016, Osman Kamara and Bunturabie Jalloh were among the country’s representatives at Summer Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, August 2016.

Bunturabie Jalloh was appointed Team Captain and therefore hoisted the Sierra Leone Flag in the Opening Ceremony March Past of participating Countries.

Both swimmers represented the country and the Swimming Association admirably setting National and Personal Records in the 50m Freestyle Events for Men and Women.

Osman Kamara swimming 26.90 secs and Bunturabie Jalloh swimming 39.93 secs making her the fastest improver in swimming for the past year having cut 15.00 secs of her previous time of 54.84 secs in Kazan.

September 27 – 29 2016

SWIMMING OFFICIALS CLINIC

For the first time in its history, the Sierra Leone Swimming, diving and Water Polo Association conducted a Swimming Officials Clinic at the Siaka Stevens Stadium Swimming Pool from September r 27 – 29 2016.

The essence of the clinic was to train Sierra Leoneans who will be able to officiate in both local and international swimming competitions while keeping up with the trend of new swimming laws worldwide.

In the clinic which was conducted by FINA Swimming Expert from Nigeria, Mr. Olugbenga Lawal, 25 participants nationwide were invited including two from the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone.

All participants sat to an examination after which all the successful candidates were certified by FINA with the Swimming Officials License.

September 2016 t0 April 2017

INTERNATIONAL COACHES ENRICHMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (ICECP)

As a result of the Support of the NOC/SL and FINA Bobson Mansaray, National Swimming Coach was accepted to benefit from the 9th Edition of the International Coaches enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP) organized by the University of Delaware and the United States Olympic Committee from September 2016 t0 April 2017 in four separate modules.

Bobson left for the USA in September to commence the first three intensive modules.

VIEW IMAGES.

October 2016

TRIP TO NANJING, CHINA

In October 2016, the SLSDWA being among sporting disciplines that missed out of the Nanjing 2014 Junior Olympic Games was invited by the City of Nanjing to visit the different venues were the Youth Olympic Games were hosted.

Ishmael Koroma, Junior Swimmer and Mohamed Abdul Turay made the sightseeing trip to China; they arrived in China on 5th October 2016.

In China Ishmael Koroma swum in a non-competitive 50m event and returned a time of 28.80 secs.

They returned to Freetown at the end of October

NOV/DEC  2016

TRAINING OF POTENTIAL SWIMMERS

The remaining two months of the year 2016 were spent training the swimmers who had been identified by the Technical team and coaching staff in the basic strokes of Swimming and Water Polo.

April 2017

INTERNATIONAL COACHES ENRICHMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (ICECP)

Head Coach Bobson Mansaray who had returned to Freetown was conducting Swimming Coaches and swimming training session as part of the prerequisites of his project for achieving his certificate in Lausanne in April 2017.

After successfully completing his final module, Bobson Mansaray was presented with the International Coaches Enrichment Certificate in Lausanne, Switzerland in April 2017.

The SLSDWA sent Letters of appreciation to both the Ministry of Sports and the NOC/SL for their support to the association in making Bobson Mansaray’s program a success.

Coach Bobson Mansaray has designed a National plan for Teacher and Coaching swimming for nonswimmers, beginners, improvers, advanced and precompetitive swimmers.

Easter 2017

4th BAW BAW OPEN WATER SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

As in previous years, The SLSWDA collaborated with the Baw Baw Tourist and Cultural Organization to host the 3rd Baw Baw Open Water Swimming Competition at Easter 2017 in Baw Baw village.

Ten seaside villages took part in the event. The SLSDWA did not send swimmers to the event this time as the swimmers were training for pending games in Azerbaijan, Hungary, The Bahamas and USA.

The SLSDWA however presented through the Secretary General financial support of Le. 250,000

2017

4TH ISLAMIC SOLIDARITY GAMES, BAKU AZERBAIJAN

Two male swimmers Osman Kamara and Ishmael Koroma were among the country’s representatives at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan.

They were both entered in the men’s 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly Events. With a time of 27.09 secs, Osman Kamara could not match the time he swum, 26.90 secs, in Rio falling below his previous time by some seconds.

Unfortunately, due to communication problems between the volunteer assigned to Team Sierra Leone and Ishmael Koroma, he could not swim in the Freestyle event. In the Men’s 50m Butterfly Event Ishmael Koroma set a Personal Best and SL national record returning a time of 30.84 secs smashing Osman Kamara’s previous national record of 34.52 secs set in Kazan, Russia in 2015. Osman Kamara returned a time of 31.80 which is a Personal Best for him.

2017

COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES – THE BAHAMAS

Abdulai Sesay and Isha Kanu were among the Sierra Leone Delegation that went to the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

13th July to 20th July 2017

17TH FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND GENERAL CONGRESS, BUDAPEST

Five members of the SLSDWA arrived in Budapest, Hungary on various days between 13th July and 20th July 2017 to take part in the World Championships and the FINA General Congress.

Rev. George Spilsbury-Williams, (O) President; Mohamed Abdul Turay, (O) Secretary General; Osman Kamara, Swimmer; Bunturabie Jalloh, (F) Swimmer and Moris Beale, Swimmer represented the Association in the different FINA Congresses for the Officials and the 17th FINA world Championships for the athletes.

Successful deliberations were held with various stakeholders in FINA and CANA leading to the award of a Water Polo Clinic to Sierra Leone to be held in October 2017 in Freetown.

Other benefits for the association in the nearest future will be technical support for athletes and coaches to be trained overseas.

FINA will also provide Transportation and Accommodation Assistance to all federations for FINA Junior World Championships starting from next year (2018).

Osman Kamara returned a time of 33.70 secs in the 50m Butterfly men’s event whilst Moris Beale returned a Personal Best and National Record of 35.13 secs in the 50m Breaststroke men’s event. Competition is ongoing and all three swimmers have events to compete in. Our male swimmers are swimming all the four strokes in Swimming; Freestyle, Butterfly, Backstroke and Breaststroke. Osman (Free and Fly), Moris (Breast and Back).

2017

ONGOING TRAINING

Four swimmers Joshua Wyse, Sheku Bangura, Isha Kanu and Abdulai Sesay and three officials, George Dakowa, Victor Carew and Jidakiz Kamara have been registered in the FINA Games Management System (GMS) for the 4th FINA Junior World Championships in Indianapolis, USA from 28-30 August 2017.

Unfortunately, the journey could not materialize as the relevant documents for facilitating the SLE Swim Team’s outing were not received from the local organizing committee on time.

2017

ELECTIONS

The tenure of office of the Executive Committee of the Sierra Leone Swimming, Diving and Water Polo Association having ended, on October 21 2017, an Elective Congress was convened at the Siaka Stevens Stadium Presidential Lounge by the Association under the supervision and observation of Mr. Ibrahim Bangura, Director of Sports, National Sports Council and, the Administrative Secretary of the NOC Mr. Alie G. Koroma.

A new Executive Committee was elected for the period 2017-2021.

27-29 OCTOBER 2017

AFRICAN ZONE 2 JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LAGOS. 

One swimmer, Joshua Wyse, and Coach Sheku Conteh made the trip to Lagos for the competition. Joshua performed admirably in all four strokes (Freestyle, Butterfly, Breaststroke and Backstroke) in the 50 events of the competition. Mohamed Abdul Turay, Secretary General was elected as one of the Vice Presidents of the African zone 2 Swimming Bureau.

2016

AWARDS

The Swimming association was recognized by the Believers Broadcasting Network (BBN) in three categories;

      1. Association of the year 2016
      2. Female Swimmer Bunturabie Jalloh was awarded           Sportswoman of the year and
      3. Mohamed A. Turay, Secretary General was          awarded Sports Administrator of the year for 2016.

The Certificates were distributed Hon. Ahmed Khanou, Minister of Sports in Sierra Leone. Osman Kamara was awarded Sportsman of the year 2016 by the National Entertainment Award (NEA) organizers while Bunturabie Jalloh won the NEXTE Sportswoman of the year Award, 2016.

MAY 4-6 2018

6TH CANA ZONE II SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Junior Dolphins have just returned from the 6th Zone II Senior Swimming Championships in Dakar, Senegal.

Head of Delegation for the trip was Mr. Mohamed Abdul Turay, Secretary General. Media Officer, S. Jidakiz Kamara; Technical Director and Team Leader, Victor Carew; and Coach Sheku Conteh made up the officials that made the trip to the championships.

The five male swimmers who represented the country in the competition at which Twelve (12) countries participated viz Sahr James, (C) Joshua J. J. Wyse, Sheku S. Bangura, Ibrahim Kamara and Abib Kamara put up remarkable performances at their first International Competition setting up Personal Best Times and setting new national records in the 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Backstroke events.

Also, Victor Carew was appointed as a member of the Technical committee at the championships.

Before returning to Freetown, the SLE Swimming Delegation was hosted to a dinner at the residence of the Sierra Leone Ambassador Extraordinaire to Senegal Dr. Ebun Strasser-King who, after the dinner, gave the delegation a cash donation as transportation assistance to return to Freetown.

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