Kirsty Coventry

Zimbabwean swimmer

Kirsty Leigh Coventry Seward (born 16 September 1983) is the current Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe as of September 2018. She is a Zimbabwean politician, former Olympic swimmer and world record holder, and the most decorated Olympian from Africa. She is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and in early 2018, was elected the w:Chairperson of the IOC Athletes' Commission, the body that represents all Olympic athletes worldwide.

2018-10-17 Summer Youth Olympics – Victory ceremony (Martin Rulsch) 2
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  • "I take any opportunity I can to raise our country's flag really high and get some shining positive light on things over there."
  • "People have to remain positive and believe in those dreams."
  • “Everyone at home is so supportive. People recognise me, say how proud they are of me. It's awesome to hear, it's amazing to know I can touch so many people in a positive way.”
  • “in athletics, older runners tend to go for longer races, but it's the opposite in swimming because your body can't handle the endurance.”
  • “is much harder to retain your position at the top than to get to the top.”
  • “There are younger, stronger swimmers coming up and they are hungry. I can't influence what they do, I only know what I can do and I know how greedy I am to defend my title.”
  • “I have always stayed out of politics, I don't believe it would be appropriate to talk about it.”
  • “Everyone there including President Mugabe knows something needs to change because so many people are hurting.”

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  • The most successful African Olympian in history!
    • The Chronicle 10 August 2021 [7]

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