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Swimming: Multi-Medalist Kirabo Hailed

Uganda’s team from the 13th edition of the CANA Junior Swimming Championship returned home.

The team was received on Wednesday by State Minister of Sports Charles Bakkabukindi and NCS and Uganda Swimming Federation officials in Lugogo.

At the concluded event in Tunisia, Uganda finished fourth out of the 32 nations participated in the Championship.

Notably, Uganda’s Namutebi Kirabo was the key performer after the 14 year old clinched two gold medals plus a silver.

She scoped gold in the 50m freestyle (27.33) and 50m breaststroke to become the first Ugandan to win a continental swimming gold medal.

Kirabo’s mother Namanda Hadijja is very optimistic:

“She has been doing well. She won many medals and in the near future I hope to see her shining in major world events like Olympics and world championship.”

“When she won in Budapest, every one was shocked! a swimmer from Uganda to win the Championship, and we hope for more.

“As a parent, I have been their for her, her Sibling also a swimmer Tendo Mukalazi has also encouraged her and I am glad for both of them.”

Minister Bakkabulindi heaped praise to Kirabo and called on parents to encourage their children join Swimming and sports in general.

Uganda Swimming Federation President Don Rukare has confirmed that they will be back in action in November in Nairobi, Kenya.

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