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The Nigeria Aquatics Federation has revealed it would work with Loya Milk, sponsor of the yearly Loya Milk Swim Meet, in identifying and nurturing young professionals in swimming.
Secretary General of the Federation, Sani Mohammed said the partnership was necessary because of Loya Milk’s commitment towards the development of the sport in the past three years.
The Abuja leg of the third edition of the Loya Milk Swim Meet was hosted by American International School.He noted: “Loya Milk has taken the responsibility of identifying and showcasing great talents. There are a number of such talents and we are going to groom them. I have penned down some of the names we are going to pay close attention to.
“I appreciate Loya Milk of Promasidor. It has shown sufficient commitment and I think other companies should be involved. Henceforth, we will involve the brand in our programmes.”
We will organise competitions they can sponsor. As part of this, we will be doing some routine marketing in partnership with the brand.”
Acknowledging the rise of Nigerian swimmers at international competitions in recent times, Mohammed said that he had identified five students at the Abuja competition whose names he would present to the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development for follow-up and possible inclusion in the Nigerian team for subsequent swimming events.
American International and Chrisland School, both from Abuja, won 15 out of the contested 18 medals. The host school came tops with three gold, four silver and two bronze medals, while its rival won three gold and two silver medals.
Lead British International School and Premier International School went home with the remaining three bronze medals.Other schools that showcased their talents at the event were Bankys Private School, Raberto Schools, Capvile Schools, Lightway Academy, International Community School and Devine Mercy Secondary School, all located in Abuja.
A total of 92 students from 10 schools were registered for the six events, including 25 metres freestyle for boys and 25 metres freestyle for girls. The other categories were 50 metres freestyle for boys, 50 metres freestyle for girls, 100 metres relay for boys and 100 metres relay for girls.