It’s still game on for Kirsty Coventry


IT is now close to two years since Kirsty Coventry was last involved in competitive swimming, but the four-time Olympian feels her career is still far from being over.

Staff reporter

The 30-year-old has not hit the pools since the 2012 London Olympic Games where she failed to garner any medal largely owing to a dislocated kneecap and a bout of pneumonia that hampered her preparations.

She took a break that saw her missing last year’s World Championship in Barcelona.

“I had decided to take some time off,” Coventry said. “I am young, fit and full of energy. I have more than a few years left. My training will change quite a bit.”

On the next race she will take part in, Coventry could say: “Keep watching this space! I’d recommend following my Facebook page (OfficialKirstyCoventry) for all announcements, news and updates.”

Although she has not come out in the open if she would compete at next year’s World Championships in Russia, she has made herself available for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Having last won medals at the Beijing 2008, she still harbours chances of adding to the seven Olympic medals she has so far.

“With Africa behind me, everything is achievable,” she said.

“I believe it and I am going to work hard for it. That is the beauty about sport and business. We all have a great chance to be successful, but these chances can only be increased by the amount of effort one puts in. I will be putting in 100% effort.”

In another interview in February she said: “If I can come sixth in two of my races competing against the best in the world at the London 2012 Olympics after dislocating my kneecap and getting pneumonia both within four months of the games, imagine what I can do with a great lead up to Rio. I am pumped to compete at the Rio 2016 Games.”