The Botswana Dance Sport Association (BODANSA) is in preparations for the forthcoming Swaziland Open Championships, which will be held on the 10th of October 2009 in Swaziland.
As the preparations progress, the association held a four day camp, from Monday the 24th to Thursday 28th at St Joseph’s College. The camp saw 10 couples from the junior and youth teams. Keabetswe Ramocha, of BODANSA noted that the team they had in camp has been selected from the past competitions that were held in Lobatse and Francistown recently.
“We selected those who did well in the past competitions and we are preparing them as well as getting them ready for the championships,” he said.
He added that this is the team that they will be sending to the championships in October to represent Botswana. Ramocha said the championship will see participation from Southern countries like Lesotho, Swaziland, and South Africa.
He explained that as for some southern African countries, the Dancesport is still at an amateur stage hence the reason for the low turnout. He further noted that the preparations are going on very well and they have qualified manpower to help with training and preparing the team for the championships.
“The ongoing preparations are going pretty well considering the fact that the team has qualified and experienced personnel training with them during the camp,” he said.
He also expressed optimism that the team will bring positive results. Ramocha also noted that they will be hosting the Orapa Dance Sport Championship in Orapa ahead of the Swaziland championships. He, however, noted that this will be an open event for all the members of BODANSA from all the clubs across the country.
“On the 5th September 2009, we will be hosting the Orapa Dancesport Championships at the Orapa Sports Hall. This won’t be only for those who were in the camp but for the whole BODANSA members across the country,” he asserted.
Botswana will be sending ten couples (twenty participants) to the championship.