Sports News of Wednesday, 15 September 2021
The Ghana Swimming Association has appointed the University of Ghana’s Swim Coach Mr. Daniel Opare Okyere as a member of the Technical Committee of the Association. The appointment took effect from 1st September, 2021.
The Technical Committee’s immediate task is to select and prepare The Ghana Swimming Team for the 14th African Swimming Confederation (CANA) Junior and Senior Swimming and Open Water Championship scheduled for 11th to 17th October, 2021 at the Trust Sports Emporium in Accra, Ghana.
Mr. Opare Okyere comes into this position with a wealth of experience having coached the University of Ghana Swim Team at the 2018 West African Universities Games at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, winning 17 medals (4 silver and 13 bronze) the highest won by a Ghanaian Institution in the history of the Games. He coached the National Swim Team at the 13th CANA African Junior Swimming Championship in Tunisia in 2019 and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in August 2021.
The Olympian is excited about his appointment describing it as a call to service.
“It is a call to service I will say. The task ahead for us as a committee is huge because the sport is fast developing in Ghana. I am excited about the quality of members on the committee as well. These are some of the best technical personnel in the swimming fraternity and I am hopeful we will contribute our quota in developing the sport to a higher pedestal in the years ahead of us. Certainly, I will bring to bear the skills and knowledge I acquire to impact on my work and athletes at the Sports Directorate and the University of Ghana”.
The Technical Committee will also have an eye on the upcoming African Games to be hosted by Ghana in 2023. The responsibility of unearthing new talents and developing the existing swimmers is also pivotal in ensuring Ghana performs during the Games and wins some medals.