Kayak Men saw Orugbami Moses, Alaba Matthew and Michael Moses finish first, second and third respectively.
There were also open swimming competitions for all categories, including ages 4 to 8, 10 to 15 and 12 to 17.
Club Commodore Tunde Giwa Daramola expressed their joy that Nigeria is reaching the ripe age of 61 despite the inherent socio-economic problems and concluded that it deserves to be celebrated. “All we need to do is keep looking to the future with optimism, ”he said, adding that“ there is brighter hope for Nigeria ”.
The Club Commodore, who was hosting his first major event after being re-elected in August to Rock View Hotel, Apapa for a second term, said Independence Day / Commodore’s Race was a traditional event in the Club’s calendar, a event, he noted, had produced stars for Nigeria in watersports.
“If you want to compete in Los Angeles, Paris or Tokyo, you have to come here first. Anyone who wants to do something in water sports, this is the place to be. We catch them young, prepare them and the states come here to poach our athletes. “
Rear Admiral Andrew Okoja, who was the club’s first commodore and then president, expressed satisfaction with what the club he led some 30 years ago had become.
“It has been very encouraging and I am impressed with how the club has been able to contribute to the development of water sports in Nigeria. Their ability to carry on the legacy we have left behind is commendable. They should continue.