Kampala: British squash player, Tom Ford was blown away when his childhood dreams came true this week while tracking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The twenty-five-year-old who has been on a visit to Uganda is a talented sportsman who plays Squash, a game that is little known in the country.
Tom Ford was invited by the Uganda Squash Association to participate in the Rock Classic Squash tournament in Tooro where he emerged as the overall winner having competed with over 60 competitors from Zambia, Swaziland, Nigeria, and Egypt among others before emerging winner.
When George invited me to come and participate in this year’s tournament, I quickly said yes. I have always wanted to visit Uganda mainly to see the gorillas up-close, this was an opportunity i couldn’t say no to so i agreed to come.
Uganda just like many African countries that i have visited and had the opportunity to play in has really amazing players. Squash is a game of discipline and the players here are just that, disciplined. The way they are physically built does contribute to the performance that they put on during the game.
With support from Fernando Tours and Uganda Tourism Board, the player also visited Sipi Falls and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where he fulfilled his childhood dream of tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda.
Tom Ford mentioned that his visit is unforgettable. “I have travelled a lot and done so many spectacular things but this is definitely top of them. It’s difficult to put it in words, Uganda is indeed a beautiful country with so much to explore, the people here are very welcoming and hospitable,” Tom Ford told journalists.
“As the institution mandated to promote Uganda, we wish to hear more stories like Tom Ford’s about their Ugandan experience” Lilly Ajarova, CEO of Uganda Tourism Board told reporters on Thursday at the Uganda Tourism Board offices during the meet and greet with Tom Ford.
At Uganda Tourism Board, we are trying to involve everyone in tourism and it’s important to have international sports men and women on board. ”We have a lot of young people who are sports men and women, we want to involve everyone in not only tourism but also sports in all its forms” she shared.
George Kasekende, Captain of Squash Association in Uganda said that the sport of squash is still not known in the country despite having many competitors. “Having international squash players play with the local players in the country is one of the avenues that we are taking to promote the sport among locals,” he added.