By Skilder Makona
A local swimming coach Alywin Khanye has set his sights on nurturing young talent, with the hope of producing Olympians for Zimbabwe in the near future.
Driven by the desire to produce more podium finish athletes who will follow in the footsteps of former swimming sensation, Dr Kirsty Coventry, a locally based coach Alywin Khanye says God willing, he will continue to nurture and develop young talent at his academy at Borrowdale Race Course in Harare.
Apart from churning out Olympians, Khanye added that the country has so much talent but what lacks are proper structures to develop the youngsters.
“Swimming is my passion and I love training people how to play with the waters. I want to nurture these kids so that they become Olympians in future.”
Some of the parents, whose children have enrolled at the academy expressed gratitude for the opportunity given to their children and pledged to support this noble cause.
“We are very happy for this academy because it has given our children a lifetime opportunity to nurture their skills. This is a great initiative and we are here to fully support the coach’s vision.”
Swimming in Zimbabwe attracted a lot of attention when the current Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Dr Kirsty Coventry made headlines at the Olympics for winning several gold medals and setting a new world record of 2:05.24 in a 200m backstroke in 2009.