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SNSRC BEGS AUSTRALIA TO HELP TRAIN COACHES

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LOBAMBA – The Swaziland National Sports and Recreation Council (SNSRC) wants coaches to be capacitated on wheelchair basketball.


SNSRC CEO Darius Dlomo, in his speech during the historic launch of wheelchair basketball in the country at OlympAfrica Sports Development Centre in Lobamba yesterday, appealed to main funders of the programme, Australian Aid, to help train coaches in the sport.


“We need to develop the coaches in the quest to develop a competitive side that will represent the country in international competitions. “The venues that host the games also need an upgrade for the players to easily move around,” said Dlomo. Australian Aid through High Commissioner, Adam McCarthy, forked out E419 197 in support of the initiative, which is a first-of-its-kind in Swaziland.

In his remarks, Dlomo who spoke on behalf of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Minister, David ‘Cruiser’ Ngcamphalala, who was held up in other duties, gave the programme a thumbs up as it was inclusive by incorporating women.  “Cheshire Homes, the National Paralympic Committee and Swaziland National Basketball Association should be commended for delivering the programme,” said Dlomo.


The programme is spearheaded by Cheshire Homes, which is a Matsapha-based non-profit making organisation providing vital and affordable rehabilitative services to adults and children  living with disabilities. Jo Leung from Cheshire Homes, who is the Project Coordinator, said the programme was first introduced at the institution’s car park in 2014 and would soon be spread across the country.

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