Kasia Lewis: Aiming for swimming excellence

SHE will probably be one of the youngest participants at the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.
At 14 years, Kasia Lewis has developed her swimming career to a point where she can represent the country at international competitions.
She is one of the six athletes representing Zambia at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Zambia is being represented in three disciplines – boxing, swimming and track and field.
Each discipline has two athletes with Kasia and 18-year old Kumaren Naidu making up the swimming team.
Others are boxers Nkumbu Silungwe and Emmanuel Ngoma and runners Godfrey Chama and Abigail Chongo.
Kasia is the youngest in the Zambian contingent but is not intimidated by her age.
“I will try to do the best I can. I pretty sure I have a chance to perform well in Samoa. I have prepared adequately and I am just waiting for the challenge,” she says.
She is game to take part in all the categories.
Among the categories she has been enlisted for at the Commonwealth Youth Games are 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m fly and 50m freestyle.
Born on November 27,2000, Kasia is fifth in a family of six.
She is in grade 10 at Lusaka International Community School (LICS).
Unlike other ambitious youngsters, Kasia has not yet decided the academic career she wants to pursue when she completes secondary school.
“I have no idea yet what I want to do. I am yet to decide,” she says.
Kasia learnt how to swim in 2008 as part of her school curriculum but started competing locally in 2010.
She is currently swimming for the Kapentas that train from Lilayi Village Rest in Lusaka.
Kasia’s first international competition was the CANA Zone Three and Four in Mozambique in 2012 and has since been taking part in the annual event.
In the same year, Kasia took part in the Zone Six games Zambia hosted. She did not win any medal but managed to improve her timings.
She participated in the Africa Junior Championships Zambia hosted in 2013 where she managed to win two bronze medals.
Last year, she was in Uganda where she competed in the CANA Zone Three and Four Championship but did not win any medal apart from improving her times in different categories.
Kasia participated in the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Region Five youth games in Zimbabwe last year and was also part of the gold medal winning relay team in Angola early this year.
It is the first time she is participating at the global event.
“This will be my first time to compete outside Africa. My aim is to improve on my personal time and become a global competitor,” she says.
Unlike other young sports personalities that are inspired by the World’s sports achievers, Kasia has no role model.
She believes she has the ability to inspire herself to reach higher heights without looking up to someone.
“I am really self-inspired. I can’t point out anyone as my role model…I actually don’t even have a role model,” she says.
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