A Kelowna swimmer is heading to Toronto in the hopes of making the Olympic cut.
Kierra Smith might be making her second Olympic swim appearance if she makes the cut.
K. Smith Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Kierra Smith, a swimmer from Kelowna, is getting ready to compete in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which begin at the end of the month.
But first, she’s going to the qualifier in Toronto next week, and she’s excited about it.
Smith is attempting to defend his gold medal. She qualified for the Olympics in 2016, during her senior year of college. In the 200-meter brush stroke, she came in seventh.
The 27-year-old is training for the 200- and 100-meter brushstroke events at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Smith told the Capital News, “I was always self-motivated and I’m a very competitive person, so it offered me an outlet for that.” Smith first took to the water at an early age and hasn’t stopped swimming since.
Smith is a participant in the RBC Olympians programme, which was established in 2002. It’s a programme that helps top athletes advance their careers while accommodating their hectic schedules. The goal of the programme is to provide athletes with the opportunity to train and compete at the highest levels possible.
She is able to keep up with her training thanks to the program’s ongoing financial support. She added that her preparation for the games was boosted by the support she received from her teammates.
The Kelowna native has been training under the tutelage of coach Emil Dimitrov for many years now, both with the Kelowna Aquajets and at the Kelowna Performance Gym. Her training location is the Parkinson Recreation Centre.
“Being a member of such an accepting group of people means the world to me,” she said. And I felt that way also when I travelled to Rio in 2016.”
For some time, Smith has been anticipating this competition. The COVID-19 pandemic has already caused a three-time postponement of the qualifying rounds.
“Obviously it’s tough if you’re worried about whether the games are happening or not, but after a little, my coaches basically encouraged me to focus on improving, no matter where it happens,” she added.
On June 19-23, Smith will go to Toronto, Canada, to compete in Olympic qualifying events. Thanks for read our Article K. Smith Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.