By Kiyimba Bruno
Many families take sports as a by the way, denying talented children a chance that would probably be the one thing that could break the poverty chain in the family.
To Hadijah Namanda, the case is so different. She is the mother of two active and strong swimmers in Uganda by names of Kirabo Namutebi as well as Tendo Mukalazi
Her being the president of the Uganda Volleyball Federation, does not tie her kids to boundaries that they also have to be volleyballers.
Kirabo and Tendo are swimmers.
Who are they?
Kirabo Namutebi is a girl who was born on 08th of February 2005, a day that marked her light after the dawn. On the other hand Tendo Mukalazi was born on the 15th of June 2002, making him the elder brother to Namutebi.
They are swimmers on the Uganda National team and represented the country well in the Cana Zone IV Swimming Championships that took place two months ago in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
These two siblings won a combined 26 of the 73 medals that Uganda got at the Cana Zone III Championship in December that were in Rwanda These two are students of the British School of Kampala, Mukalazi being in year 10 as year 7 for Kirabo.
They do believe that one day they shall swim representing Uganda at the Olympics level.
A brief with their mom
GUIDE: How has this moved you as a mother to these children?
Hadijah: long journey but worthwhile seeing them evolve onto competitive swimmers. Very expensive sport but the swimmers work so hard and very determined to grow to their fullest potential. They have all my support
GUIDE: As a super mom, where do you see your children in the next ten years?
Hadijah: Through with college and University, an Engineer/Pilot for Tendo and a Pediatrician/sports doctor for Kirabo. I know they believe if we stay on course as we plan; God willing, we hope to participate in the commonwealth games, world championships, Olympics and for swimming.
I believe they will be coaches at whatever scale and be mentors and role models for others to come
GUIDE: What final word do you have for parents who do not believe that sports can actually lift their kids up?
Hadijah: My final words to parents who do not believe in sports is that they should nature their children’s talents to enable them get the core values that sports imparts unto us. These attributes are needed in every area of life even outside sports. Sports impart discipline, target setting, focus, good health, networking etc. In the world today you need more than education. A life sill like sports, music is an addition that parents should invest in. Besides jobs are few yet there can be jib creation in the sports sector like coaching, administration and refereeing to mention but a few