Nautilus Invitational Swim Meet, organised at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat, attracted over 330 swimmers from all over the Sultanate, including members of the Oman National Team, Oman Swimming Association, ABA Vipers, Al Zaeem Team Sohar, BSM Marlins, Royal Flight School, and others.
The meet provided a great opportunity to professional and amateur swimmers to race in their own categories. The event was supported by the Oman Swimming Association, whose referees and officials judged the event using FINA rules and regulations. Coaches and parents said the meet was organised at a very high level.
Nautilus Swimming Club, established in 2015 in partnership with KGIS, presented the biggest team with over 100 swimmers, both professionals and amateurs. The team was headed by Olympic and Paralympic coach Ivan Proskura, who is working hard to prepare the new generation of highly competitive swimmers in Oman.
The club has enrolled swimmers who did not have any proper competitive training earlier, but now they are targeting national team membership and entering national championships in their countries. Also, it is pertinent to mention the huge number of young swimmers, who joined the club to learn to swim but are racing against national team swimmers today. This shows that the Nautilus’ “Learn to Swim” programme was highly effective and efficient. The club also enrols masters, who wish to continue their journey in swimming. Last weekend’s meet was only the beginning of this journey. The Nautilus team is now beginning to prepare for its next meet.