After what has been described by visiting athletes and locals alike as being one of the best world class events ever, the curtain finally came down on the 15th edition of the CANA Zone IV swimming and water polo championships with a colourful closing ceremony that saw top performing individuals and countries being honoured.
The colourful dinner saw Zimbabwe receiving their swimming champions award while individual swimmers also walked away top performers in various categories.
Donata Katai was crowned the best swimmer among the 12 and under girls while the Kirsty Coventry inspired sensation Robyn Lee came out the best in the 17 and over category.
On team accolades, the hosts were just too strong for all the visitors sweeping everything as they came out the best women’s team and the best in the men’s section as well, before being officially crowned the overall swimming champions.
South Africa received their trophy for being the overall water polo champions after winning both the men and women’s divisions.
Speaking at the event, Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane called on all sports journalists to educate the nation on sporting disciplines such as swimming and water polo and report on them in a manner that will educate the nation.
While pointing out unity as the key to success, CANA Zone IV president Jace Naidoo paid tribute to sport ministries in the region for supporting his organisation’s drive for the development of the aquatic sports.
As the Zimbabwe Aquatics Union president was all smiles following the successful hosting of the games, treasurer of the Malawi Aquatic Union and hosts for the 16th edition of the games in 2018 Cristina Yiannakis felt a stride had been set by Zimbabwe and it would take a lot for her country to reach the mark.
The Zimbabwe aquatics fraternity will be a happy lot after the improvement from being third during the previous championships held in Mauritius to being champions with an added bonus of a near flawless hosting of these historic games.