There are just three days to go until Edenvale resident and former St Andrew’s School for Girls learner, Kirsten McCann’s dream takes flight.
McCann will compete in rowing in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games. The talented athlete is no stranger to high-calibre athletic prestige, having been selected as Worldrowing.com’s Athlete of the Month for June.
On Worldrowing.com, she shares some of her hopes and dreams with readers:
Tell us a bit about your rowing background?
“I have three older brothers who rowed at senior school and I used to go along to regattas to watch them. My mum used to go on their camps to help with the running of the camps and I would go with. I learnt to row on these camps and when I went to senior school I started rowing.”
Was there a point in your early rowing when you thought ‘I want to continue with this and become an elite rower’?
“Yes there was. I loved rowing from the time I started and realised there was a chance of competing at the world’s highest level… Having grown up watching all our national sports teams compete around the world against the best, I knew I wanted to be a top level sports woman. I wanted to represent South Africa and wear the green and gold.”
What is your most memorable sporting achievement to date and why?
“Qualifying for the Olympic Games last year in the lightweight double with my partner Ursula Grobler, as well as winning a medal at the World Champs.”
How do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
“I see myself to still be in good physical condition (I live a healthy and athletic lifestyle) with my own restaurant that serves healthy, delicious food. I do see myself living at the coast as I love the beach and sea. I would also like to be making a difference in underprivileged children’s lives through education and sport.”
(Read next week’s tame TIMES for an exclusive update from McCann on the happenings and thrills of the Rio Olympic Games).