Mamadi Jarju defends swimming crown

Jul 8, 2024, 12:53 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Mamadi Jarju on Saturday defended his regional swimming title after winning the Gambia Swimming Association National Open Water Swimming Series held in Barra, North Bank Region.

Mamadi won the senior male category. Seedia Njie took 2nd position while Modou Jagne came out 3rd position.

Ida Cham was declared the winning of the ladies’ senior category.

Baboucarr Faye emerged as winning in the junior boys’ category. Arfang Njie and Mustapha Njie finished second and third positions respectively.

Mariama Ndure won the junior ladies’ category while Ramatoulie Colley and Adama Njie took second and third positions respectively.

Ousman Jarju went home as winning of the cadet category. Foday Chorr and Yusupha Touray secured second and third positions respectively.

All winners were awarded cash prices at the end of the competition.

Baboucarr Mbye, treasurer of the Gambia Swimming Association, described the event as a success and therefore expressed appreciation and thanks to all those who contributed towards the success of the event.

Mr Mbye stated that sports is very important and that every individual should be willing and ready to participate in it because of the health benefits it comes with.

He further described swimming as very important, saying that one’s whole body participates while swimming.

He revealed that two Gambia swimmers were set to represent The Gambia in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games later this month, adding that they are also expecting to send an athlete to represent The Gambia in the African Championship to be held in Ghana.

Mamadi Jarju, the North Bank Regional Coordinator for the Gambia Swimming Association, described the event as very significant, noting that it’s a way of scouting for national swimmers who will represent the country both nationally and internationally.

He described the series as very competitive. However, he said they could not gather swimmers across the region due to financial constraint.

Mr Jarju advised swimmers to be committed to the sport but also take their education seriously to endure they realize the benefits of the sport. He also called on parents to take ownership, support, motivate and push their children to ensure they excel in the sport.