Stanbic Bank Botswana has reaffirmed its commitment towards grassroots development of swimming by sponsoring the North vs South Swimming Gala to the tune of P25 000. The gala brought together leading swimmers from across the country’s primary schools to compete against each other. Stanbic has been sponsoring the gala for the past five consecutive years. This year, the annual gala took place at Kopano Primary School in Selebi Phikwe drawing 139 participants. Both regions showed off remarkable talent, with students doing their very best to take home a growing number of accolades. Stanbic Bank Botswana Public Relations Manager, Ruth Modisane, could not hide her excitement following the great performances. Modisane said swimming has not been prevalent on the newsfeeds or even in some people’s our daily conversations. “We are, therefore, excited to once again sponsor this key swimming event, which celebrates the wealth of talent in this sporting code. Though we often see news of such high profile sports as football take centre stage, it is important to recognise that other sporting disciplines are also represented in our schools, and that we have immeasurable talent here too,” said Modisane.
She said her bank is passionate about developing swimming and hence they are looking forward to ensuring that the sport has the utmost support in going further. She said they aim to help raise the profile of the sport further to bring it to par with the likes of football. Over the years the bank has continued its commitment towards developing local sport. Swimming is not the only sport to benefit from the support of Stanbic Bank as the bank has had a hand in a number of sporting codes. Some of the codes that benefitted are athletics, through the Diacore Gaborone Marathon and cycling through the sponsorship of the Gem Diamonds Kalahari Challenge. All this, according to Modisane, is the bank’s way of giving back to the community.