Namibian Paralympic swimmers Caitlin Jane Botha, Karlien Coleman and Gideon Nasilowski all set new Namibian Paralympic records at the South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled (SASAPD) national championships held in Pretoria from 23 to 27 of March.
Botha set a new national record in the 50m breaststroke and backstroke in a time of 2:2 minutes and 2:18 respectively. Coleman, accompanied by her coach Christie Coleman, set new Namibian records in the 50m backstroke in a time of 1:27, the 50m freestyle (1:06) and the 100m freestyle (2:36). Both swimmers were classified in the S6 category.
Gideon Nasilowski, dubbed the ‘The Brave Swimmer’, broke the 100m breaststroke Namibian national record with 43sec and qualified for the World Championships in Canada in August. Besides the 100m breaststroke, Nasilowski also competed in the 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle.
Nasilowski will now take encouragement from the fact that he missed the national 50m record he had set in December 2012 by split seconds. The Namibian team of Nasilowski, Botha and Coleman ended fourth overall.
Port Elizabeth will be the next stop for Nasilowski, for the South African National Aquatic Championships from 15 to 20 April. “This is a big one and I am looking forward to do well again, working hard always paid off. I would like to thank my sponsors who made handsome financial contributions towards my participation at this event,” Nasilowski said.