Jorhat, Sept. 19: The Jorhat Swimming Society is taking up a slew of measures, including a refresher course for coaches, to promote swimming in the district.
Secretary of the organisation Samiran Bordoloi said over the years Jorhat has produced swimmers of national and international repute and there is a huge potential in the youths, which needs to be encouraged. “After we complete the Olympics standard swimming pool near Jorhat stadium, we will go all out to promote the sport here as we have seen a lot of potential among the young boys and girls,” he said. The programme for the promotion of the sport will start with a two-day workshop, titled Clinic Jorhat, on training of swimming coaches involving a Federation Internationale de Natation (Fina) coach from September 22.
“Once our coaches are trained by a Fina coach, they will be able to teach young learners the nuances of the sport as practised in the international sphere. This will equip them to perform better and make lesser mistakes when they go outside to compete,” Bordoloi said.
On September 30, the society will organise an event, Prerna 2012, at its aquatics complex separately for boys and girls. The competition will be in five groups, comprising students of classes I to VI and students of classes VII to X. There will also be an open category comprising students of classes VI to XII. Prior to the workshop, the society will hold a swimming competition among veterans of different age groups from 25 years to 54 years on September 22.
The all-Assam competition, christened Jorhat Open, will be held in different events — freestyle, backstroke and breast stroke and butterfly stroke — covering a distance of 50 metres each and has been accorded recognition by the Assam Swimming Association.
“This is the first time such a competition is being held in the state,” Bordoloi said.