National swimmer and former captain of the University of Ghana swimming team, Mark Ofosu Twum, says swimming is an important and necessary skill every individual must have. He believes most Ghanaians do not swim, which is not the best considering the benefits it carries.
“Swimming is good for everyone because it exercises the whole body. It has a lot of health benefits. Besides, people need it for survival especially in our part of the world where there are floods here and there. Just like any other activity, you have to learn how to swim properly in order to be safe in water. That is why some of us have taken it upon ourselves to ensure that people learn swimming and learn it the right way.” He told gijonlinenews.
The triathlon athlete is also the head coach of the Tema based Ghana Bluefins swim club where he trains people for both competitive swimming and swimming for leisure or safety with the help of other professional coaches. He expressed with delight that the rate at which many Ghanaians are beginning to like swimming is impressive and believes there are a lot of potential medal winners for Ghana in the near future. He said, “Swimming has been a compulsory part of the educational curriculum in some countries and that is evident in their performance at the world stage. Ghana has a bright future in competitive swimming looking at the talents that are rising.”
He added that Ghanaians must support the national swimming team because they are working very hard but without the necessary support of the nation, it is difficult for them to make progress. Ghana has two swimmers representing her at the summer Olympic Games in Rio this year.
Story by: Samuel Dontoh (300 JN C)