Former Olympic swimming champion, Kirsty Coventry says she is keen to play a role in the development of the sport in the country and will provide inspiration to aspiring young stars when she embarks on school tours soon.
After reaching celebrated status by winning several gold and silver medals at the Athens and Beijing Olympics in 2004 and 2008, the swimming icon is not looking back in an endeavour to give back to the sport that brought her global fame and fortune.
Coventry, who competed at the Olympics for the third successive time at the recently held games in London, is keen to play an integral part in the country’s bid to promote the sport.
She will soon tour schools around the country to assess the development needs of the sport.
“After competing at the Olympics, I want to take a bit of time off and then in the next few weeks I will go around schools identifying what’s needed for the sport to grow because I want to help in the development programme,” said Coventry.
Despite being a veteran of three successive Olympic Games, Coventry is now in the twilight of her swimming career as age has caught up with her.
There’s been strong concern recently that upon her retirement, Zimbabwe will retreat into the doldrums as not enough has been done to bring potential successors to the fore.
Coventry’s offer to help in the development programme will allay such fears as her experience will come in handy to mould future swimming stars.