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Rowing coaches, athletes hone skills

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Ten athletes and coaches have completed a Rowing Association of Malawi (Ram) Level Two coaching course at Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima District.

The week-long course was organised with funding from the Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) and was concluded on Friday with participants coming from rowing clubs in Salima and Mangochi districts.

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A trainer from Britain, Serra Harris, who has vast experience in the game as a player and a coach, facilitated the course.

Harris said she was satisfied with the response from Malawi’s athletes and coaches.

“The participants were eager to learn. From what I have seen, Malawi has the potential to do well in the rowing. The country is on the right path considering the manner in which the game is being managed,’’ she said.

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During the training, participants were drilled on the basics of the sport and safety regulations that are followed in the course of competing.

Moc Treasurer, Henry Sakala, urged the participants to put the knowledge gained during the training into practice for the benefit of the game in the country.

“We would not want to see participants just keeping the knowledge gained at this course to themselves. We want them to put what they have learnt into practice and impart the knowledge to athletes so that rowing grows in Malawi. It is pleasing to note that many people are expressing interest to take part in the sport,’’ Sakala said.

Ram General Secretary, Pope Mzumara, said the training would help to take the sport to greater heights in the country.

“We are moving in the right direction. The efforts we are making will surely help in growing this game in the country,’’ Mzumara said.

This is the third time for Malawi to host a rowing coaching course. The association’s efforts to develop the game were given a big boost last year with a donation of three boats from its South African counterparts.

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