Zoe Wagner stars at NASA Gala

By eric odanga
Feb 26, 2021
  • Zoe Wagner splashes to a win in one of the events at the NASA Gala. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Zoe Wagner fixes her swimming head cap while waiting to take a splash at the Aga Khan pool during the NASA Gala. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Nine-year old Zoe Wagner who is unattached to any swimming club was one of the top swimmers at the Nairobi Amateur Swimming Association (NASA) gala at the Aga Khan swimming pool at the weekend.

She collected 38 points to finish top in the girl’s 8-9 years category. The boy’s top swimmer in the same category was Evans Kanya from Strathmore School who had 19 points just four ahead of Dheer Shah from Oshwal Academy.

Ishaq Bashir (Makini) finished third. Two swimmers from Peponi School, Corallina Causa and Makena Nesbitt topped the girl’s 10-11 years category posting 10 and 11 points respectively.

Yahav Huber from the International School of Kenya was dominant in the boy’s 12-13 years category collecting 38 points which helped his team win the overall boy’s title.

Another unattached swimmer, Wanjiku Njoroge finished first in the girl’s 14-15 years category after accumulating 28 points. Her nearest rival, Elsie Okello from Loreto Convent Valley Road had 22 points.

ISK dominated the girl’s 16 years and over by occupying three of the top five positions. Caela Burrell was the winner with 23 points while Louise Peach finished joint second with Makini’s Nira Mwangi. Kelsey Amadeu (ISK) was fourth.

With over 2,800 entries in the two-day competition for beginners, over 35 swimmers attained the AAA grade. In March, some of these swimmers will be travelling to South Africa for a level 1-3 competition.

Selected results

Girls: International School of Kenya 218, Loreto Convent Valley Road 98, Peponi 68, Makini 61, YMCA Central 33, Braeside 30, Seashores 25, St. Christophers 24, Strathmore University 17, Hydra 13, Banda School 11.

Boys: International School of Kenya 103, Oshwal Academy (Nairobi) 82, YMCA Central 78, Strathmore School 57, Makini 42, Braeburn 30, Nairobi School 28, Strathmore University 28, Peponi 26, St. Mary’s School 19, Nairobi International School 18, Seashores 14, Kenyatta University 11.