Nasilowski Off to Para-Swimming Champs

Paralympic swimmer Gideon ‘The Amphibian Namibian’ Nasilowski leaves for the United States of America on Friday to compete in the Pan-Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Pasadena, Los Angeles.

This will be the first time that Namibia is represented at the event, which takes place from 6 to 10 August.

A statement availed to Nampa by Nasilowski on Tuesday said that swimmers from countries such as the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and South Africa will also compete there.

Nasilowski competes in the S3 classification, and will be taking part in the 200 metre freestyle, 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke.

“It is imperative for him to compete at this level to keep his dream alive of reaching the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016,” read the statement.

Nasilowski hopes to become the first Paralympic swimmer to represent his country at the Paralympic Games. “I have made plenty of history for my country locally and internationally, and I am determined to never quit until I have reached my goal in swimming,” the statement read.

The Pan-Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Los Angeles also offer international classification, and Nasilowski says he desperately needs to have his classification confirmed so that he can focus on the qualifying standard for Rio.

The Pan-Pacific Swimming Championships is a long-course swimming event, first held in 1985.

The meet was initially staged biennially to allow for an international championship-level meet in the non-Olympic and non-World Championship years.

Nasilowski dedicated the championships to the late sports consultant, Quinton Steele-Botes. He also thanked his sponsors for their contributions.

“I wish to thank all of the wonderful sponsors who made this dream possible,” he said.

These include Disability Sport Namibia, which secured N$50 000 through NamPower Old Mutual Penny Pinchers Manica, who sponsored N$10 000 Stefan Loftie-Eaton Properties and Fruit and Veg City.

Nasilowski will be accompanied to the Games by his coach Ruan Scheun and team manager Ashir Morar.

Source : The Namibian