When the clock starts you are witnessing one of the finest swimmer’s of all time do what she does best. Get to the other side of the pool. Quick.
Welcome to the World of Kirsty Coventry.
At the age of 9, Kirsty declared that she wanted to go to the Olympics and win a gold medal. Her father smiled and encouraged her, saying that it would take commitment and sacrifices. Kirsty’s natural desire to persevere far exceeded all expectations. She was committed to achieving her goal and nothing was going to slow her down.
After years of hard work and dedication, Kirsty’s efforts paid off and she was accepted to Auburn University in Alabama (USA) on a full scholarship. This was a brilliant opportunity to train in a challenging and stimulating environment with like-minded people. The year that Kirsty joined the University’s team, they won the biggest title in US Swimming (the NCAAs) and, with Kirsty in the squad, continued to do so for the next two years.
When she was just 16 years old, Kirsty had a dream come true as she attended the Sydney Olympics.
Kirsty is a great believer in giving back to the community and is particularly passionate about helping children.
In 2013, Kirsty did a nationwide tour of Zimbabwe, reaching out to schools in the rural areas of the country. Motivated by the fact that she did not really have a role model as a child, Kirsty set out to inspire children to dream big and follow their passions.
Kirsty’s message was broken down into three important values: believe in yourself, work hard and persevere – if you keep at it, you will succeed.
Affectionately known as ‘Zimbabwe’s Golden Girl’, Kirsty Coventry is one of the world’s most remarkable athletes. Representing a small, landlocked country, Kirsty has taken the world of swimming by storm earning more medals than any other athlete in all of Africa and breaking seven world records along the way.
The road has not always been easy, but Kirsty’s single-minded determination has resulted in achievements beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.