Malawi Aquatic Union (Mau), domestic water sports mother body, will send three swimmers to the World Championships in Kazan, Russia from August 12 to 26.
Accompanied by coach Charlton Nyirenda, female swimmers Tayamika Changanamuno, Ammara Pinto and their male counterpart Brave Lifa will rub shoulders with the world’s best in 50m and 100m free-style, 50m breastroke, 50m backstoke and 50m butterfly events.
Monica Changanamuno leads the delegation and will also represent Mau at the Fina Congress, the association’s president Dean Pinto confirmed.
“Two swimmers Brave and Tayamika have been undergoing training at the ABC in Lilongwe and Ammara has been training in South Africa in preparation for the trip,” Pinto said.
“Another swimmer Joyce Tafatatha is not able to accompany the team as she is swimming at an event in Portugal. Despite this being a seniors’ event, it will provide our young swimmers the opportunity to build on their preparations to make qualifying times for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”
Mau has contributed the big chunk to the K12 million budget for the trip to Russia with the Sports Council providing K2 million and Fina, among others.
The young swimmers are being groomed for competitions such as Youth Games in Samoa this September. Mau also hopes to send two swimmers to Samoa with six others earmarked for the Africa Championships in Egypt in October.
There are also other international events next year such as the Malawi invitational next April and Cana Gala in Mauritius in the same month.