The Kenya National Paralympic Committee (KNPC) and Kenya Swimming Federation (KSF) will jointly host the 2018 Kenya Nationals Open & Para Swimming Championships at Kasarani Aquatic Centre on February 8-11, 2018. This is the first time the two bodies are jointly hosting an integrated swimming championships. This is the first time that KNPC is hosting a sport-specific international championship in Swimming.
As part of the Championships, the KNPC with the support of World Para Swimming and Agitos Foundation (the Development arm of the International Paralympic Committee will be hosting an international training camp for 50 athletes and coaches on Feb 3-5 and International classification for paraswimmers (swimmers with disabilities). This is the first time that a camp of this nature is happening on t he African Continent and a great statement of
confidence by the World Para Swimming in the talent pool in Kenya. Kenya is scheduled to send 30 athletes to the camp who were selected following an application process to World Para Swimming. Other countries sending athletes
are South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania, India and Israel. Athletes and coaches will attend separate theory lessons in the morning and will have joint practical trainings in the pool in the afternoon.
Coaches will have lessons, which include presentations on classification, World Para Swimming Rules and Regulations, strength and conditioning, session planning, talent identification and technical aspects of all strokes and turns. Athletes will also participate in Proud Paralympian workshops. The programme is
designed to support their development as athletes but also as individuals and active citizens. Some of the topics covered are the Paralympic Movement,
human rights in the context of ability, ethics, and athlete health and well-being.
Throughout the three-day workshop, participants will enhance their skills and knowledge. The training camps will ensure a lasting sustainable development impact for participant countries and their coaches and athletes. Selected participants will be helped by the project with payment of travel costs, meals and accommodation. To be eligible to participate, attendants must also compete in the Kenya National Open and Para Swimming Championships. Preparations are in high gear and the Local Organizing Committee is looking forward to host an event that will set the stage for future integrated championships by the two governing bodies.