Swimmer ready to scale greater heights

By Michael Uugwanga

SWIMMING might not be the most popular in the country when compared to other codes, however  this  is about to change thanks to 17-year-old  female swimmer Trisha Mutumbulua, who is busy making a big name for herself  in the sport.

Mutumbulua a grade 10 learner at Deutsche Hohere Privatschule (DHPS) in Windhoek is a dedicated and extremely talented young 50m, 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly swimmer with a promising future ahead of her.

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From 2016 to 2017, Mutumbulua won individual accolades to her name, this includes two gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals at the Namibian national long course championships, and four gold medals and one bronze at the Interschool gala.

Her other achievements during that period  were two gold medals, three silver medals and three bronze she won at the Namibian National School championships..

This week, Mutumbulua spoke to Confidente Sport as she prepares for the upcoming XIV African Swimming Confederation (CANA) Junior/Senior swimming and open water championships to be held on October 11 to 17 in Accra, Ghana.

“When I was a baby I was always afraid of water while being bathed, so my parents decided to enroll me into swimming lessons at the age of one year and eight months.

“Fifty metres freestyle is definitely my favourite because it is a nice and short event where speed is required from the beginning to the end .My all-time favourite swimmer is American Simone Manuel who swims the same events as I and because she is the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming.
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“I never really had any Namibian athlete as an inspiration, but after the Olympic Games, Christine (Mboma) and Beatrice (Masilingi) have caught my eye because of their outstanding performance and flying the Namibia flag high.

There is no doubt that Mutumbulua will be a contender for medals in Accra, although she will come up against other top young swimmers from other parts of Africa, but her achievements, not only in Namibia but in other parts of the continent could just go in her favour if she remains confident.

This year despite the sport having been put on hold amid the pandemic concern, she has already won herself 12 medals, six gold medals, three silver medals, three bronze medals and 50m free style trophy at the Namibian National Long course Championships in Windhoek.

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“Before any event I like listening to music, baking, visit my family members and chatting with my teammates and my secret is enjoying what I do and working very hard.

My aim now is to qualify for big competitions, such as junior world championships, flying the Namibian flag high and to inspire young Namibians to participate in sports.

“It is mostly my parents, family members as well as sponsors from family friends and institutions that pay for my swimming events,” said Mutumbulua.