Saving Lives, Empowering Individuals, Uplifting Communities
Kirsty Coventry is undoubtedly the most successful athlete in Zimbabwe with quite a number of accolades in her portfolio . She is a role model to everyone world wide and the youths are keen to follow her in foot steps . Kirsty Coventry started a swimming academy and here is an extract from her website
In 2013, Kirsty visited the 10 provinces of her home country of Zimbabwe with two main objectives. Firstly, she wanted to give motivational talks to schoolchildren and “Inspire Youth to become their own Heroes”. Her second mission was to find out where and how she could make a long-term impact on young lives by drawing on her experience as an Olympic swimmer and globally recognized athlete.
Kirsty soon discovered that many lives are lost every year in Zimbabwe through drowning. According to reports, the number of drowning incidents in Zimbabwe have been increasing year on year. Sadly, Kirsty found that there was no strategy or program in place to tackle the issue.
In 2015, she established the Kirsty Coventry Academy, with the guiding mission of addressing the drowning problem in Zimbabwe. Through various sporting and education campaigns and programs, her Zimbabwean non-profit organization seeks to not only save lives, but to empower individuals and nurture their big hopes and dreams.
With this piece of motivation it is now an expected trend from athletes to follow in the footsteps especially to those who have been successful in their respective fields.