J. R. Shridharan
Upswing in patronage to swimming camps
450 swimmers of various age groups have registered their names to undergo coaching Pool staff takes up filtration of water in the afternoon on daily basis
VIJAYAWADA: Guess what is the most sought after sport for youngsters this summer? It is not cricket, the nation's collective passion, but swimming.
Going by a comparative assessment of the number of children turning up for the summer coaching camp in both the disciplines, it is amply clear that swimming is way ahead of cricket.
Nearly 450 swimmers of various age groups have registered their names to undergo coaching in the three pools managed by the VMC in the city.
Senior coach Sambasiva Rao is a happy man, for the patronage to swimming is on the upswing with each passing year. "Every year, we receive more than 300 applications from children and many promising swimmers are spotted in the camps," he said.
Mr. Rao said national swimmers like Md. Sheriff and Chandra Mouli and long distance swimmers like Saroja, Sreesri, Bhayasri and Jyothi Surekha were products of summer camps. Attired in colourful swimsuits, trunks, goggles, swim hats and with curious parents watching them, hundreds of children are swarming the pools during morning session as well as evening session at the pools located in Gandhinagar (Sir Vijji Swimming Pool), Gurunanak Colony and One Town (Dr. K.L. Rao Swimming Pool).
"Much of the activity takes place at Sir Vizzi pool, where we have coaches like Sony, Srikanth and Kusuma to impart the basics of swimming to the trainees. We also have senor swimmers like Arunkanth and Tulasi Chaitanya to take care of the training aspects," Mr. Rao said.
Keeping in view the hygiene factor, the pool staff takes up filtration of water in the afternoon on daily basis.
"With hundreds of boys and girls swimming for long hours, we need to take care of the hygiene factor. The filtered water is recycled into all the three pools to prevent water - borne diseases," Mr. Rao said.
Children interested in undergoing coaching in swimming at any of the three pools would have to pay Rs. 150.