Kirsty sets up swimming academy

HARARE - Zimbabwean swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry has established Academy in an effort to save lives from drowning.

Coventry, who is currently making a coming back in the United States, made the announcement through her Facebook page yesterday.

“I am very pleased to officially announce the launch of the Kirsty Coventry Academy. This is an initiative that is very close to my heart,” wrote the swimming star.

“The goal of the Kirsty Coventry Academy is to save lives by decreasing drowning incidents. We aim to achieve this by utilizing water-safety and drowning prevention campaigns, as well as learn-to-swim programs. The Kirsty Coventry Academy is a Non-Profit Organisation.”

According to the World Heath Rankings, the Incidence Rate for Drowning in Zimbabwe is 4.5 per 100 000.

Coventry said she would release more information regarding the academy in due course.

“For more information and to keep abreast of upcoming campaigns and learn-to-swim programs, please keep following us here. Thank you to everyone for your support. Let’s work together to make a positive impact in our world,” she wrote.

Coventry, who has won seven Olympic medals and broken seven world records, announced her comeback last year after a long absence from the pool after the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

To boost her chances of making a strong comeback, the 31-year-old the backstroke and individual medley specialist moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.

While in the US she has been working with renowned swimming coach David Marsh of SwimMac Team Elite as she hopes to make an impact at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. 

The Zimbabwean posted some admirable times at the United States Grand Prix Series held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Centre (TSC) at the University of Texas last month.

Coventry went on to wins the 200 backstroke B final in 2:13.17.

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