KAMPALA- Uganda’s 2012 Olympics captain Ganzi Mugula has retired into administration and Masters’ Swimming Daily Monitor can reveal.
The 32-year-old has already started preparations for this years’ Masters’ Swim event in Montreal, Canada.
Masters’ swimming is an event that attracts swimmers aged 25 and above. He is also a member of the Uganda Olympic Committee and an athletes’ representative in the Uganda Swimming Federation (USF). “I am transitioning into administration to give young ones a chance to pursue swimming professionally,” Mugula said.
“I am also joining masters’ swimming which might not be as competitive but good for health and fitness,” he added. Mugula also hopes to use this opportunity to source support for USF. He believes that masters’ swimming attracts many elites with whom he can engage to secure support for the federation.
Mugula represented the country in various continental and international events including the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy where he recorded a personal best time of 26.42sec in the men’s 50m freestyle stroke - Ugandan record to date.
However, Mugula retires with regret about the time swimmers allocate to the sport. “Most swimmers have full time jobs and can’t put in a lot of time in training,” Mugula said.
Mugula will always look back at his career with satisfaction.
“In Uganda, I think I leave with the most impressive career as a swimmer. My grand goal was swimming at the Olympics which I did in London in2012,” he said.
MUGULA CAREER AT GLANCE
2003, 2009: Represented Uganda at the Fina World Swimming Championships
2010: Competed at Commonwealth Games
2011: All Africa Games
2012: Short Course Worlds
2012: Olympics (Team Uganda captain)