YOUNG WANTS 2020 OLYMPICS
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.