Zimbabwe Swimmers In Doha

Six Zimbabwean swimmers are in Doha, Qata December 3-7 for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25M). Three young men and one young woman, senior swimmers James Lawson, Robyn Lee, Chad Idensohn and Peter Wetzlar will be in competing for Team Zimbabwe. Lee is based in Australia, Idensohn and Wetzlar train in South Africa while former St George’s College student Lawson is the only member of this team based in Zimbabwe. All four are training with their eyes set on the Rio 2016 Olympics. Idensohn and Lawson are both recipients of Olympic Solidarity Scholarships.Ex-St George’s student James Lawson will take part in three breaststroke events – 50m, 100m and 200m. Lawson is seeded number 10 in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke out of 101 entries. Chad Idensohn is seeded first in the Men’s 50m Freestyle with a time of 22.42 seconds in a field of 175 swimmers. Idensohn will also compete in the 100m backstroke, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 100m freestlye.The other two athletes in Doha, juniors Ratidzo Mutangadura of Chisipite Senior School and Liam Davis of St John’s College are taking part in the first ever FINA youth programme. In a press release, FINA stated that the aim of the programme is to inspire and motivate future swimming stars: “Under the expert guidance of renowned leading coaches, those selected will learn the latest trends and techniques in training that have helped mold today‚Äôs swimming champions who will compete in Doha 2014, a once in a sporting lifetime opportunity.”

Liam Davis
Liam Davis in action at the 2014 Mash Swimming Championships in Harare
Lawson will also captain the Zimbabwean team in upcoming AUSC Region 5 games that kick off in Bulawayo this Friday where Mutangadura is one of Zimbabwe’s youth ambassadors. Team Zimbabwe returns to Harare on Sunday just in time to travel to Bulawayo for the swimming events starting on Monday.View the complete startlist here.