GOLD COAST, Australia: As a number of the world’s leading swimmers opt for gold at the Commonwealth Games, one shy schoolgirl from St. Lucia has a more modest objective– an image with English hunk Adam Peaty.But 16-year-old Katie Kyle, set to complete in the 50 and 100 metres butterfly for the Caribbean island, initially needs to pluck up the nerve to talk to the Olympic breaststroke champ.
“I do not understand if I’ll be brave enough to increase and resemble ‘hey!'” she informed AFP on Saturday.
“However there will be some individuals, like Adam Peaty, I’ll be like ‘hello, can I get an image with you?’
“Simply to satisfy and talk with all the people who swim quick will be fantastic,” added Kyle, who in addition to Jean Luc Zephir comprises St. Lucia’s Commonwealth Games swim group in Gold Coast.
“I’m still kind of surprised that I made it this far.”
Kyle has actually been based in Britain since last summer season after choosing to leave St. Lucia due to the fact that of a lack of training facilities.
“I believed I might better my training in Britain with larger swimming pools, better facilities,” said Kyle.
“In your home it’s not as established, there’s just a 25m pool outside.”
Such is the parlous condition of sport in St. Lucia that at a track and field conference earlier this year, a whistle was utilized to start events rather of a gun, according to regional media.
“Perhaps they lacked ammunition,” stated St. Lucia swim coach David Peterkin.
“The government is not really involved in sports at that level. They do a great deal of work with school child but not when it concerns a higher level.
“We have an organized 50m swimming pool coming and hopefully it ought to exist within a year and a half to two years.”
If Kyle gets that selfie with Peaty, she will be midway to meeting her 2 swimming heroes.Kyle idolises Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, a triple gold medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, after a quick crush on American legend Michael Phelps.”There was Michael Phelps however when I got sort of serious I was taking a look at Katinka,”said Kyle, who has her heart set on contending at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”But I’m just happy to be here. It’s going to be so exciting to swim versus( leading racers)and to state I’ve swum against them.”– AFP