Meeting an Olympic legend
Rustenburg – The legendary South African swimming champion Penny Heyns touched the hearts of the learners during a swimming clinic hosted at Fields College on Tuesday 12 January.
The clinic – proudly sponsored by Platinum Distribution Centre (Mogwase) – gave swimmers the chance to receive training from the greatest female breaststroker of the 20th century Heyns is known for her amazing talent, being the only woman in Olympic history to win both the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke during an event in Atlanta 1996. During her swimming career she broke a total of 14 individual world records. She retired in 2001 and established herself as a businesswoman, guest television presenter, coach, and inspirational speaker.
Not only did the ambitious swimmers receive training and tips about swimming techniques, Heyns also shared valuable advice on the importance of having a champion mindset. After a day spent in the pool, the motivated youth had a chance to have a question-and-answer session with Heyns. She spoke about how she mentally and physically prepared herself for swimming events.
“I love swimming and it was amazing to meet one of South Africa’s best swimmers! She inspires,” said Swim Star Aquatics swimmer Graham Gwadzoka.
In an interview with Platinum Weekly, Penny said: “It doesn’t matter what you do in life, you need to do it for the right reason. You need to have a reason that is deep enough that it inspires you through the difficult times. It is easy to follow your dreams when you are successful. My reason was that someday when I stand in front of my Maker to be able to say that I did the best I could with the talent that I have been given. I think it is important for every person to understand that we are all here for a reason. You have to recognise your talents and make the most of your opportunities. You have to search your soul for your reason and take responsibility because you can’t sit back and wait for someone to encourage you, you have to generate it from within.”
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