With the Rio Olympics now only about 200 days away, it is time to zoom in, support and encourage our athletes as they prepare mentally and physically for the biggest event if their sporting careers. We kick of this series called “Olympic Hopes”, with the brilliant and on fire little champion girl – Carmen Le Roux, (Open Water Swimming). Carmen has been stoked over her last two meets, the Grand Prix 1st Leg in Nelspruit and this weekend’s Kovsies Open water event – taking Gold all the way! Way to go and all the best blessings for the Road to Rio. PLEASE SEE EVENTS BELOW TO FOLLOW AND SUPPORT Carmen.
Carmen on the Right
Highlights of 2015?
I had the privilege of representing SA at two big events last year, I took part in the Open Water World Champs in Kazan Russia and I also took part in the Junior World Champs (swimming pool) in Singapore. These were two of my main highlights of 2015.
Academic Plans for 2016?
I will be taking a gap year this year to focus more on my swimming.
Sports plans for 2016 Sports plans for 2016?
My sports plan is to try and qualify for Rio Olympics for the 10k open water and also to qualify for Junior Open Water World Champs in Mexico, I am also looking forward to the Midmar Mile this year!
What are you most looking forward to for 2016?
I am looking forward to training hard and to hopefully participate in more international events this year.
What is your biggest motivation at the moment?
My motivation is to train hard and to achieve greater results. I’ve got a good team around me which includes my coach, my parents, my physio and my mental coach.
What is your biggest challenge at the moment?
My biggest challenge at the moment is to try and qualify for Rio Olympics this year.
What are you upcoming events where your friends can follow and support you?
I am taking part in the Grand Prix in Nelspruit this weekend, on the 17th I will be swimming in Bloemfontein for the Kovsies open water, on the 7th of February I have been invited to swim the Sanlam Cape Mile, the 14th of February is the Midmar Mile and in March and February I will take part in the SA nationals for open water and swimming pool. Lastly, in June I will be in Portugal for Olympic trials for the 10k.
All the above is only possible with God’s Grace!
If we could become fearless, life would be limitless!
And I don’t want to limit God in anything I do.
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