Ms Kirsty COVENTRY

Entry in the IOC 2013
Born 16 September 1983
Games Participated 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Althlete profile
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ZIM

Ms Kirsty COVENTRY

ZIM

Education

Bachelor of Human Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management with a minor in Business from Auburn University (United States of America)

Career

Professional athlete

Sports career

Aquatics (swimming: backstroke and individual medley) - Olympic Games: gold medals in 2004 and 2008 (200m backstroke); silver medals in 2004 (100m backstroke) and in 2008 (200m individual medley, 400m individual medley and 100m backstroke); bronze medal in 2004 (200m individual medley); competed in 2000 and 2016 - World Championships: gold medals in 2005 (100m and 200m backstroke) and in 2009 (200m backstroke); silver medals in 2005 (200m and 400m individual medley), in 2007 (200m backstroke and 200m individual medley) and in 2009 (400m individual medley) - World Cups: silver medal in 2010 (200m individual medley) and bronze medals in 2010 (200m backstroke and 200m individual medley)
11th African Games Brazzaville 2015: gold medal (200m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 100m backstroke)

Sports administration

Member of the Zimbabwe National Olympic Committee (NOC 2013-); Vice President of the Zimbabwe National Olympic Committee (2017-2018, stepped down after Government Appointment); IOC Athlete Representative  on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) (2012-); Member of the WADA's Athlete Committee (2014-); Vice-president of the International Surfing Association (ISA) (2016-);; FINA Athlete Committee Member (2017-); Minister of Sport in Zimbabwe (2018-); Founder of KCA Swim Academy, which focuses on learning to swim and water safety for children (2016-); Co-Founder of HEROES, a not-for-profit organisation that uses sport to deliver soft skills to children aged 6yrs-13yrs in underprivileged areas; provides motivational talks and clinics for schools and developing athletes around the world; advisor to groups, businesses, foundations and individuals interested in developing athletes' skills and careers.

IOC History

Member of the Executive Board (2018-2021); Member of the Athletes Commission (2013-2021), Chair of the Athletes' Commission (2018-2021); Chair of the Coordination Commission for the Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022 (2018-); Member of the following Commissions: Coordination for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 (2014-2021), Olympic Solidarity (2014-), Olympic Channel (2015-2018), Evaluation for the Games of XXXIII Olympiad in 2024 (2016-2017), Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport (2016-2018), Evaluation for the Youth Olympic Games 2022 (2018)