The Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Honourable Kirsty Coventry has commended schools in Mutare for taking sports seriously through talent identification and development.

Although swimming has faced many challenges in the past, the sport is currently gaining popularity following its introduction in some schools in Manicaland Province.

Minister Coventry expressed joy with the development that the sport is having in the country.

“There are some developments in swimming and it is encouraging. I was at a national junior swimming gala for our 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 year olds and there is some really good talent but we have to really harness them to grow the base at which our club swimmers are forming because the numbers have dropped in our clubs,” she said.

There is hope that with the introduction of programmes that allow children to be introduced to swimming at a young age, more talent will be identified.

Minister Coventry commended Mutare schools and swimming clubs for having such programmes that allow children to have their chance in the pool.

In her maiden visit to Mutare as the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, the former Olympic champion visited Mutare main bath where she shared the pool with young swimmers giving them tips on how to be better swimmers.