Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Sibu­siso Dlamini

SWIMMING – Na­tional swimming star­let Robyn Young is look­ing to qual­ify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games. The 17-year-old broke a decade­long na­tional record in the 50m back­stroke, clock­ing an in­cred­i­ble time of 33:34 sec­onds in the on-go­ing Youth Olympic Games held at Buenos Aries, Ar­gentina. The pre­vi­ous record was held by Kate Millin which stood a t 33:87 sec­onds.

In­ter­viewed yes­ter­day, the soft-spo­ken young­ster took us through some of her emo­tions af­ter re­al­is­ing that she had bro­ken the record, stat­ing that it was mo­ti­va­tion for her main goal – to qual­ify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“I lit­er­ally couldn’t be­lieve my eyes. When I looked up at the time board, I think first it was dis­be­lief, but then as I di­gested it, it was just over­whelm­ing joy. Re­al­is­ing that I’d fi­nally bro­ken the record was a big deal to me and was def­i­nitely a con­fi­dence-booster to my main goal which is to qual­ify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” she said. When quizzed on her source of in­spi­ra­tion, Young at­trib­uted it to what she de­scribed as a ‘great sup­port sys­tem’. That’s def­i­nitely why I have been able to progress so fast. Firstly, my mother wakes up very early ev­ery morn­ing to take me to the gym or to the swimming pool, and she stays with me for hours whilst I’m train­ing. Also my team, Swim­lab is a great team, we are one big fam­ily! My coach Wel­come (Nh­la­batsi) is also al­ways chal­leng­ing me to be the best I can be. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them,’ said Young.

EA­GER: Robyn Young.

“For­tu­nately enough, I am blessed to have a great sup­port sys­tem.

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