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Kid’s swimming gala hunts for Kenya’s flag bearer

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Kenya kids as young as four years can participate in a swimming competition that will also hone the skills of the swimmers in a bid to find the country’s finest who would then be the flag bearer in international competitions.

Dubbed Kiki Swimming Gala, and happening for the second time, the feat aims at spotting and developing children's talent in the sport of swimming.

There will be various matches which children between the ages of four and fourteen can compete in.

“Some of the matches we will have are freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke among many others,” remarked Mercy Wainaina the projects coordinator for Kids Festival which is a children's event organised by top comedian Churchill under the company Laugh Industry.

Targeting children in primary school, those interested can register through their swimming school coaches or independently with the Kids Festival.

“The registration deadline is March 26th because the event is scheduled for March 28th and 29th ,” notes Mercy.

She goes on to add that for each race, a registration fee of Sh200 will be required.

Children participating at the Kiki Swimming Gala stand to win a variety of prizes such as awards and trophies.

“There will also be a prize for the best school and every child who competes will walk away with a certificate of participation,” said Mercy.

The swimming competitions are not the only attractions at the gala. To keep the rest of the family entertained especially the children, there will be quite a number of talent-based activities.

“We will also have skating, hula hoop activities, bouncy castles among others,” remarked Mercy.

The parents have not been forgotten as there will also be board game competitions for them such as chess and scrabble.

The gala was held for the first time last year and according to Mercy, they aspire for it to become a regular event.

“We first held the swimming gala in November and hopefully we will start holding it twice an year,” said Mercy.

 The team also aspires for the event to include other sports so as to make it like a mini Olympics.

“So far we are thinking of incorporating skating and football,” noted the Kids Festival projects coordinator.

Hosted by Churchill, the Kiki Swimming Gala will be held at Makini School on the weekend of 28th and 29th March.

For more information, contact Mery on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Kids Festival on 0722 136 354/ 0726 109 109

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